May 5, 2014

Webinar: Whistler and Kiyochika: Modernity, Melancholy, and the Nocturne

Smithsonian Institution
Left: James McNeill Whistler, Battersea Reach from Lindsey Houses (detail), ca. 1864. Oil on canvas, 23.4 x 34.8 cm. Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow. Right: Kobayashi Kiyochika, Sumida River by Night (detail), 1881. Woodblock print, ink and color on paper, 23.4 x 34.8 cm. Robert O. Muller Collection, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S2003.8.1202.

This interactive webinar explores the significance of night, light, and city landmarks in the London subjects of American expatriate artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) and the Tokyo imagery of his Japanese contemporary Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847–1915). James Ulak, senior curator of Japanese art, and Lee Glazer, associate curator of American art, lead a panel of five international scholars in an examination of the artists’ shared pictorial language, overlapping themes, and cross-cultural networks of writers, critics, dealers, and collectors. Related exhibitions on view at the Freer and Sackler Galleries are An American in London: Whistler and the Thames and Kiyochika: Master of the Night.

The program will be translated live into Japanese and French. It also includes a Q&A session and discussion between the audience and presenters. The program is supported by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

This webinar is free and advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560  


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