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Narrative in the Art of Hokusai with Hollis Goodall


Presented by Hollis Goodall, the former curator of Japanese art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Step into the artistic universe of Katsushika Hokusai, a legend in Japanese art, during this enlightening talk. Learn how his unique storytelling evolved from early illustrations to renowned printmaking and painting, revealing the growth of his iconic figures and landscapes.

Katsushika Hokusai had an extraordinarily long career, remaining active until his death at age 90. From the beginning of his practice in his twenties, he brought his childhood love for illustrated stories into his career. Throughout much of his life, illustrating books remained Hokusai’s bread and butter. He would achieve such acclaim that renowned novelists complained that people bought their books only for the Hokusai illustrations. Even during his lifetime, some of his books reached Europe, and set off a wave of Japonisme. Learn more in this special closing weekend program.

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium

Ticketed Onsite Event: Members $10 | General $15

Recorded Online Screening: Members $5 | General $10 | Online version will be emailed to ticketholders one week after the onsite event.


Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

Image credit:

Mountains upon mountains, vol. 1 of three volumes
Illustrated book, color woodblock‐printed
© The Trustees of the British Museum

About the speaker: 

Hollis Goodall is the recently retired Curator of Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she was employed for 42 years and created 276 exhibitions and installations. In 2023, she co-curated an exhibition entitled, “Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing” for LACMA. She continues to work on multiple writing and exhibition projects beyond the confines of LACMA. Publications include, Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints from the Barbara S. Bowman Collection, released in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name at LACMA in 2015, and the online publication, Japan Crazed: Cross-cultural expression in the work of Sam Francis and other Postwar Artists at LACMA with Leslie Jones and Richard Speer in 2022. Her essay, A Brittle Bounty: Ceramic Works by Mishima Kimiyo, was released at the end of 2023 in a catalogue from the Art Institute of Chicago for an exhibition entitled, Radical Clay: Contemporary Women Artists from Japan.



Event details

January 6, 2024 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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