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Symposium focuses on medieval Japanese art, April 14-15

An international gathering of scholars will explore new perspectives on medieval Japanese artistic traditions in a symposium scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, in McCosh 50.

Titled "Re-presenting Emptiness: Zen and Art in Medieval Japan," the event will include talks by scholars of history, literature, religious studies and art history from Japan, Europe and the United States. They will offer various perspectives for understanding the formal and representational uses of little-understood artifacts -- robes, calligraphies, portraits, landscape paintings and poem-picture scrolls -- associated with Japanese Zen monastic communities of the medieval period.

The symposium is open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. More information, including a registration form, is available at web.princeton.edu/sites/TangCenter/zenandart/home.html. To receive symposium materials at the event, registration must be completed by Monday, April 2.

The symposium is organized by the Tang Center for East Asian Art and is cosponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology, the Buddhist Studies Workshop, the Program in East Asian Studies and the Princeton University Art Museum. It is presented in conjunction with an exhibition, "Awakenings: Zen Figure Painting in Medieval Japan," which runs through June 17 at the Japan Society in New York City.

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