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Against a black background, white pigment streams down from the top and splashes and puddles at the bottom. The pigment glows blue and white in a combination of white and UV lighting. Against a black background, white pigment streams down from the top and splashes and puddles at the bottom. The pigment glows blue and white in a combination of white and UV lighting.

Trapp Virtual Lecture: Senju’s Waterfall for Chicago

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Join Senju—a contemporary proponent of Nihonga, traditional Japanese painting—as he discusses his signature Waterfall works.

Senju created the enchanting painted panels on view at the Art Institute specifically for the museum’s Gallery 109, the space designed by architect Andō Tadao. Thinking of the exhibition as a collaboration between himself and the architect across time, Senju tailored the scale and lighting to best suit this distinctive space. Variable lighting in this installation reveals this painting’s two dramatically different “faces,” as Senju calls them. Under regular incandescent lighting, the work accentuates express the force and motion of falling water. Under black light, the painted waterfalls glow a bright, ethereal blue that activates the entire gallery.

Please note that all event times listed are in central time.

We recommend using a laptop or desktop computer and downloading the latest version of Zoom to enjoy this program. You can submit questions for the speakers in advance or during the program using the Google Form below.

If you have any questions about virtual programming, please reach out to museum-programs@artic.edu.

Closed captioning will be available for this program. For questions related to accessibility accommodations, please email access@artic.edu

The Trapp Japanese Art Lecture sponsored by James M. and Carol D. Trapp was established in 2010 to present the latest work of scholars and artists to audiences in Chicago and beyond.

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