• Edo Avant Garde

  • Linda Hoaglund, Yukio Lippit

Linda Hoaglund and Yukio Lippit in Conversation

In conjunction with BAMPFA’s streaming presentation of Edo Avant Garde, join us for a live conversation and Q&A with director Linda Hoaglund and Yukio Lippit, an eminent American scholar of Japanese art and professor of history of art and architecture at Harvard University.

Born and raised in Japan by American parents, Linda Hoaglund is a bilingual film director and producer. In 2014 she completed The Wound and the Gift, a film about rescued animals told through an ancient Japanese fable. Previously she created a trilogy of feature documentary films relating to the Pacific War and postwar US–Japan relations: Things Left Behind (2012), exploring the transformative power of Ishiuchi Miyako’s photographs of clothing left behind by those who perished in Hiroshima; ANPO: Art X War (2010), which tells the story of resistance to US military bases in Japan through paintings, photographs, film clips, and interviews with the artists who created them; and Wings of Defeat (2007, produced and written by Hoaglund), about Kamikaze pilots who survived World War II and tell the truth about a military that could not accept defeat. Since 1996, Hoaglund has subtitled 250 Japanese films and translated and interpreted for Japan’s most esteemed artists. In 2004, she received a commendation from the Foreign Minister of Japan for her work promoting Japanese film abroad.

Yukio Lippit’s research and teaching interests center around Japanese painting of the medieval and early modern eras, as well as the history of Japanese architecture. His book Painting of the Realm: The Kano House of Painters in Seventeenth-Century Japan (2012) was awarded the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award by the College Art Association and the John Whitney Hall Book Prize by the Association of Asian Studies. Other books include The Artist in Edo, Irresolution: The Paintings of Yoshiaki Shimizu, Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting, Sōtatsu: Making Waves (with James Ulak), The Thinking Hand: Tools and Traditions of the Japanese Carpenter (with Mark Mulligan), Kenzo Tange: Architecture for the World (with Seng Kuan), Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800), and Awakenings: Zen Figure Painting in Medieval Japan (with Gregory Levine). From 2013 to 2018 Lippit served as the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. In 2018 he was appointed Harvard College Professor for a five-year term for distinguished contributions to undergraduate teaching.