Manga Hokusai Manga
May 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until August 3, 2019
An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating indefinitely
One event on May 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics
Pre-opening Reception: May 1 [Wed] @7-9pm
Before the formal opening of the exhibition on May 2, you’re invited to preview and celebrate it together. There will be two short lectures, “Old Man Mad About Painting: An Introduction to the Art of Katsushika Hokusai” with Japanese art historian, Meher McArthur (Academic Curator, Scripps College, Claremont and Creative Director of the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena) to help us understand the world of Hokusai art. You will be one of the first people to watch and enjoy this wonderful exhibition. Register for the pre-opening reception here.
In light of Japan’s contemporary comics and their global proliferation, the 19th-century Hokusai Manga is attracting increasing interest. Fans worldwide tend to even regard this pictorial compendium by ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai as the origin of today’s manga. But the outward appearance of these two types of manga does not immediately suggest a continuous tradition. Do present-day graphic narratives and the master’s “diverse drawings” share anything other than a name? Unlike past exhibitions of Hokusai’s work, Manga Hokusai Manga approaches the Hokusai Manga from the perspective of contemporary Japanese comics, focusing on genre, pictorial storytelling and participatory culture rather than the integration of word and image or the role of popular characters. And instead of aiming at a historiographic verification of influences, the exhibition invites viewers to ponder their own notions about manga by comparing works from different periods while exploring the diversity therein.