Gennifer Weisenfeld, associate professor, Duke University

One of the world’s largest natural disasters of the early 20th century, the Great Kantō Earthquake razed nearly half of the Japanese imperial capital and claimed more than 100,000 lives. This catastrophe touched every Japanese citizen. Examining a vast visual archive ranging from photographs, paintings, and cartoons to seismograms, maps, architectural plans, exhibition designs, and urban planning schemes, Weisenfeld demonstrates how visual responses to this disaster mediated the evolving historical understanding of it, ultimately enfolding mourning and memory into the nation’s modernization agenda.


This is a private event for Friends of Asian Art members.