Clark Humanities Museum

The goal of the Clark Humanities Museum, which opened in 1970, is to give students the crucial opportunity to engage directly with original works of art and other artifacts of material culture related to their courses – an irreproducible experience that sharpens critical inquiry, fosters interdisciplinary thinking, and offers the keen poignancy of authenticity in our increasingly virtual digital age.

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Clark Humanities Fall 2019 Exhibits:

” Extraordinary Images: Japanese Prints from the Scripps Collection” Part I

02 September – 01 October 2019

” Extraordinary Images: Japanese Prints from the Scripps Collection” Part II

07 October – 07 November 2019

Selections from the Scripps College Collection, this exhibition features six artists from the 18th-20th centuries, including Utagawa Kunisada whose “Monster Cat” (above) depicts a scene from a 1864 kabuki play starring Ichikawa Ichizo.


“Urban Life in Japanese Prints”

25 November – 13 December 2019

Many Japanese print artists focused the attention on the radical changes in urban sites and lifestyles in the 19th-20th centuries.
This exhibition curated by students in a Scripps art history seminar will survey the cities of Edo/Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.
Students will be selecting works from the Scripps College Collection of more than 2600 Japanese prints.

Upcoming Events:

Robert Mintz, Deputy Director of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, will talk about metal artworks during the Meiji Period (1868-1912).

Traditional swordsmiths lost patronage during the modernization of Japan and turned to making exquisite objects such as cloisonné vases and presentation pieces for display at international exhibitions and for sale to Japanese and foreign collectors. Scripps College has an extraordinary collection of Japanese cloisonné, and this lecture will provide historical context for objects on display at the Williamson Gallery exhibition “Asian Art Treasures.”

Past Events:

Kyoto for 1000 years had been Japan’s imperial capital, but in 1868 the Meiji Emperor moved to Tokyo. The old city needed to revitalize its social and economic conditions to become modern while retaining its traditions.

Alice Tseng, Professor of art history at Boston University, will describe the extraordinary efforts to change the culture of Kyoto in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her book “Modern Kyoto: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration 1868-1940” was recently published.

Just as the Beatles’ records had great album art, so Japan’s most famous artists provided illustrations for sheet music in the early 20th c. This lecture by Ken Brown will survey 50 years of printed covers. Professor Brown is currently planning an exhibition of this material for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

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    April 4, 2016
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    February 23, 2016
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  • Chris Kraus in conversation with Aaron Matz

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    In this hour-long conversation with Scripps English professor Aaron Matz, Chris Kraus will read from her celebrated novel I Love Dick, talk about the connections between her fiction and her writings on art, and speak about the independent press ...

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