The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

Tokyo is the largest urban conglomeration on the planet, holding 35 million people, and is Japan's political, cultural, and economic center. The city has reinvented itself many times since it was first founded as Edo at the end of the 16th century. In the mid-19th century, Tokyo began to modernize and Westernize, and became the imperial capital. Over the course of the turbulent 20th century, the city was destroyed by the Great Kantō Earthquake, became the center of modern urban life in Japan before the Second World War, rebuilt itself as part of the country's economic miracle in the postwar era, and most recently, is adapting to the visions of planners trying to create a new urban environment for the 21st century. Photographers have played a central role in documenting and commenting on these transformations.

Samuel C. Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College, surveys the history of Tokyo and discusses the work of some of the most compelling artists who have focused on the city, such as Moriyama Daidō, Kageyama Kōyō, Seto Masato, Hara Mikiko, Nagano Shigeichi, Hayashi Tadahiko, and Ushioda Tokuko.

Complements the exhibition In Focus: Tokyo.

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