AsiaLENS Film Series: Edo Avant Garde, Conversation with Filmmaker Linda Hoaglund


The massive black trunk of an ancient plum tree with bending, twisting branches spans nearly sixteen feet across four sliding panels. The old tree sprouts blossoms. It originally formed one wall of a room in the Tenshōin, a subtemple of Myōshinji.
Kano Sanssetsu (Japanese, 1590-1651), Old Plum, 1646. Four sliding-door panels (fusuma); ink, color, gold, and gold leaf on paper. Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Harry G C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard and purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975. 1975.268.48a-d.
Feb 23, 2021 - 4 pm
Virtual event
Presented in partnership with Spurlock Museum and co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Japan House, and Krannert Art Museum.

Edo Avant Garde is a film revealing the untold story of how Japanese artists of the Edo era (1603 - 1868) set the stage for the "modern art" movement in the West. Join us for a conversation about the film with its director, Linda Hoaglund.

During the Edo era, bold artists innovated abstraction, minimalism, surrealism and the illusion of 3-D. Their originality is most striking in images of the natural world depicted with gold leaf on large-scale folding screens. To capture the dynamism, scale and meticulous details of the art, Hoaglund worked with Japan's Academy Award-winning cinematographer Kasamatsu Norimichi to film masterpieces in museum and private collections across the U.S. and Japan.


About the Filmmaker

Linda Hoaglund is a bilingual film director and producer who has subtitled 200 Japanese films and translated works by Japan's most esteemed artists. In 2014, she completed The Wound and The Gift, a film about rescued animals told through an ancient Japanese fable. Previously she created a trilogy of feature documentary films relating to the Pacific War and postwar U.S.-Japan relations: Things Left Behind (2012) explores the transformative power of photographs of clothing left behind by those who perished in Hiroshima, taken by Ishiuchi Miyako, winner of the 2014 Hasselblad Award. ANPO: Art X War (2010) tells the story of resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan, through a treasure trove of paintings, photographs, film clips and interviews with the artists who created them. She also produced and wrote Wings of Defeat (2007), about Kamikaze pilots who survived WWII and tell the truth about a military that could not accept defeat. She recently competed her new film, Edo Avant-garde.


Registration Details

Admission is free; registration is required. A link to view the film will be emailed to registered participants on February 19, 2021.

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