to Jan 13, Hokusai Manga Exhibition at Portland Japanese Garden

by Lynn Moyers on December 10, 2018

Portland Japanese Garden is hosting this month to complement their current exhibition Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics.

Hokusai Manga and Manga: Pictures that Come to Life

Portland Japanese Garden

Saturday, December 15, 2018 / 2pm – 3pm

Members $10 /Public $15 + Garden Admission

Combining the perspectives of art history and manga studies, this lecture by Dr. Jaqueline Berndt dives deeply into the Hokusai Manga the 800-page compendium of illustrations by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) thought by some to be the birth of modern manga. Berndt, a professor in Japanese Language and Culture at Stockholm University, discusses four wide-spread assumptions about the Hokusai Manga: that they are “random sketches,” “funny pictures,” a painting manual, and the prototype of contemporary Japanese comics.

As distinct from previous attempts by both art historians and cultural-studies critics, Berndt approaches the Hokusai’s work the perspective of contemporary comics, interrelating the aspects of media, genre, pictorial storytelling, and participatory culture.

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