Japan

Organized Panel Session

(70) Rethinking the Scope and Significance of “Sensoga” (War Painting) During the 15-Year War

3/23/2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Delaware Suite B, Lobby Level

The topic of “sensoga” (war paintings), a loosely defined genre of art referring to Japan’s involvement with the 15-Year War (1931-1945), has been surrounded with debate since the US’s seizure of a limited group of these works during the turmoil of the Allied Occupation of Japan.  Today, the number of sensoga researchers in America, Japan and elsewhere, with a variety of contested views, has grown to such a degree that it is increasingly difficult to establish a coherent arena for discussion among them.  Despite the multitude of approaches, however, there has emerged a set of common presumptions that has shaped not only the results of each research effort but the very nature of what is being investigated.
This multi-national panel will seek to challenge the established parameters of the investigation of sensoga through presenting diverse theses that identify and explore some major overlooked territories of scholarship.  Individual papers will address issues that provide new perspectives to gain a more comprehensive understanding of sensoga: Paul Berry presents a new organizational structure of the notion based on exhibitions and international comparisons; Reita Hirase’s talk discusses the impact of the Army on the public through its sponsorship of traveling exhibitions; Yasuko Tsuchikane examines the enigmatic status of religious art produced during the war for a Buddhist institution; and Megumi Kitahra analyzes the alteration and production of war paintings during the Occupation in the “Reports of General MacArthur.”

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Paul Berry

Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan

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Yasuko Tsuchikane

The Cooper Union, New York

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Paul Berry

Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan

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Paul Berry

Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan

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Reita Hirase

Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

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Yasuko Tsuchikane

The Cooper Union, New York

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Megumi Kitahara

Osaka University, Osaka, Japan

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Michael Lucken

National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), Ile-de-France, France

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