Demonic Transformations: Painting Murder and Salvation in the DAM’s Isozaki Scrolls

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:00pm1:00pm
North Building - Lower Level
Space limited. For tickets, call 720-913-0130.

Within its fine collection of East Asian art, the DAM possesses an extraordinary pair of 17th-century Japanese picture scrolls titled Isozaki.   The scrolls tell the tragic tale of the 12th-century Lord Isozaki of Shimotsuke Province and his jealous, murderous wife, in alternating passages of text and illustration.  Keller Kimbrough, associate professor of Japanese literature at UC-Boulder, will show slides of the scrolls as he seeks to contextualize them within the wider world of late-medieval Japanese illustrated fiction, paying particular attention to instances of demonic transformation and the rhetoric of Buddhist salvation.  

Note: Due to the graphic content of some of his images, Kimbrough's talk is not recommended for small children or the faint of heart. The DAM’s Isozaki scrolls will be on display in the lecture room for the talk.

Free for Asian Art Association members, $5 for teachers and students, $7 for DAM members, $10 others.  Doors open at 11:30 am.  Limited seating; reservations requested. 

General museum admission not required for the lecture, but is required for gallery admission.

For details, e-mail blittle@denverartmuseum.org  or call 720-913-0040.

Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.