Inspired by “Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics,” join us as we explore the lives and work of the foremost Japanese creators working now. From conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama to fashion designer Rei Kawakubo—learn about the individual histories and techniques of these groundbreaking artists and immerse yourself in their extraordinary bodies of work. 

Wednesdays, November 1–December 6, 2017 (no class November 22)
1–2:30 pm
Remis Auditorium

Take the full five-week course or choose the lectures that interest you most.


Ticket Packages

Multi-session course packages are available. Please note that this course package is not available after the date of the first session.

For more information and to purchase individual sessions, select from the “In This Series” section.

Tickets Available

8/24/2017 10:00 am
Members $120.00
Nonmembers $150.00

In This Series

detail view of Murakami's painting, Dragon in Clouds

Lectures and Courses

1 of 5
Takashi Murakami and the Art of Love, Fear, History, and Self
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Mining Japanese art history, Otaku subculture, French couture, worldwide pop, and the global economics of the art market, Takashi Murakami has...

Lectures and Courses

2 of 5
Polka Dots and Pumpkins: The Extraordinary Life of Yayoi Kusama
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Renowned today for her instantly recognizable polka-dot paintings and magical infinity rooms, Kusama’s 65-year career began with provocative...

Lectures and Courses

3 of 5
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Photography and Beyond
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Explore the evolving world of Hiroshi Sugimoto (born in 1948), one of today’s most internationally celebrated photographers, from his iconic...

Lectures and Courses

4 of 5
Rei Kawakubo and the Japanese Invasion of Fashion
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

When Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo first showed in Paris in 1981, her collection—all black with tattered, deconstructed designs—caused a sensation....

Lectures and Courses

5 of 5
Toyo Ito: The Architecture of the Avant-Garde
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Forty years after establishing his experimental Tokyo-based architectural practice, in 2013 Toyo Ito was awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s...