Learn about the currents of influence and waves of economic development that circulated between Japan and the United States in the mid- and late 19th century. Anne Nishimura Morse presents on Japanese art that captivated Americans through their visits to international expositions and globe-trotting adventures and how the art of the West also inspired developments in Japan, setting up a two-way conversation. Monika Bincsik discusses the history of collecting Japanese decorative arts in New York; and Erica Hirshler comments on William Merritt Chase’s enthusiasm for the beauty of Japanese textiles, prints, and decorative arts, many of which appear in the painter’s works on view “William Merritt Chase.”

Monika Bincsik, assistant curator, Japanese Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings and co-curator of “William Merritt Chase”
Anne Nishimura Morse, William and Helen Pounds Senior Curator of Japanese Art


Sign Language Interpretation  ASL interpretation 


Above: George C. (George Collins) Cox, William Merritt Chase in his Studio at 51 West 10th Street. Museum of the City of New York.