Bruce Coats

Professor of Art History and the Humanities
Suzanne Ely Muchnic '62 and Paul D. Muchnic Endowed Professorship
Director of Clark Humanities Museum

Department: Art History
Office Address: Steele 102
Office Phone: (909) 607-3600
Bruce Coats

Academic History

  • B.A. American History, Rice University
  • B.A. Architecture, Rice University
  • M.A. Asian Art History, University of California, Berkeley
  • A.M. Asian Art History, Harvard University
  • Ph.D. Asian Art History, Harvard University

Personal Interests

  • Asian art history
  • Garden history
  • 18-19th century European cultural history

Selected Research and Publications

  • "Exploring Edo" designed an interactive virtual tour of 18th c. Edo, Japan on display at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 1998-99.
  • "Dream Window" consulted and wrote for an hour television special on Japanese gardens for the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Wrote various articles for magazines, museum exhibition catalogs, the Atlas of World Art, and the Grove Dictionary of Art.
  • Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints, exhibition and catalogue, 2006.
  • "Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints" exhibition and catalog essay, 2012.

Courses Taught

  • Survey courses on the arts of China and Japan and the history of gardens
  • Seminars on Japanese prints and the arts of Late Imperial China
  • Core III courses on the Tale of Genji and the European Enlightenment

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