Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center
3:00 p.m.

Following Commodore Matthew Perry's gunboat diplomacy of 1853–54, the closed empire of Japan opened to the Western world. For the Japanese it was a method of survival; for the West it resulted in an enlightenment possibly unequalled since the Renaissance, and its influence continues to color our attitudes towards architecture and design today.

While Tiffany & Co. in New York, Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago, and Greene & Greene in Pasadena incorporated Japonisme in their decorative art and architecture, in Glasgow it was Charles Rennie Mackintosh who responded most immediately to the influence of Japan. Although Mackintosh never travelled to Japan, he was influenced both by the noticeable Japanese presence in the port city of Glasgow and by his close friendship with German architect and writer, Hermann Muthesius.

Join former Getty Conservation Institute Guest Scholar, Neil Jackson, as he argues that is was through Muthesius's specific knowledge of Japan, where he had lived, as well as Glasgow's Japanese zeitgeist, that allowed Mackintosh's most famous building, the Glasgow School of Art, to assume such an idiosyncratic yet recognizably Japanese appearance.

About the Speaker
Neil Jackson is an architect and architectural historian. He currently holds the position of Charles Reilly Professor of Architecture at the University of Liverpool's School of Architecture and was in residence at the Getty Conservation Institute as a GCI Conservation Guest Scholar from January to March 2013.

Neil Jackson has published numerous books and articles on Victorian, Arts and Crafts, contemporary and California architectures. He is currently undertaking an investigation of the architectural interaction between Japan and the West from the Meiji revolution to the late twentieth century. Entitled Japan and the West: An Architectural Dialogue, it is scheduled to be published in 2014.