Edo Avant Garde

September 24, 2022 (Saturday) online

12:30pm (ET): Film Screening
2:00pm (ET): Director Discussion & Curriculum Material


  • Linda Hoaglund, Director Edo Avant-Garde
  • Kachina Leigh, NCTA Alumni
  • Angie Stokes, NCTA Alumni, Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High

Join us in a cross-curricular exploration of the fascinating visual stories created by the artists of Edo Japan  (1603 – 1868).  Through an investigation of the natural environments depicted in their folding screens and hanging scrolls, journey back in time to see how these audacious artists used both the materials of the day and their close observation skills to innovate through abstraction, minimalism, surrealism and the creation of illusions of 3-D.  Using Linda Hoaglund’s film documentary, Edo Avant Garde, this workshop will explore how the artists’ visions were shaped by their reverence for nature and inspired by Buddhism and Shinto animism.  In addition to a Q&A with the film director, workshop facilitators will share relevant teaching tools and discuss ways to incorporate these topics in a variety of K-12 content areas.

Sept 24 Event Flyer

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Free and Open to the Public

DVD of film sent to NCTA Alumni (while supplies last).

If you require an accommodation, such as live captioning, to participate in this event, please contact smith.12674@osu.edu. Requests made at least two weeks in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. 

This event is coordinated by the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University . Sponsors: University of Pittsburgh national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) Asian Studies Center, University Center for International  Studies and a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University.