101 McCormick Hall
"Chigusa in Context" will focus on the tea-leaf storage jar named Chigusa and the broader production and appreciation of the arts within which it thrived in the sixteenth century. The jar was made in China sometime in the thirteenth or fourteenth century as a utilitarian container, and only after arriving in Japan was it admired aesthetically, given its name, and employed as a respected storage vessel for tea. This elevation in status took place within chanoyu, the practice of drinking bowls of whisked powdered tea while in a specially designed architectural space equipped with a range of objects selected for the participants’ appreciation. Chanoyu, however, was not pursued in isolation, and Chigusa and its admirers inevitably intersected with other artists and aspects of Japanese culture. "Chigusa in Context" will examine this expansive art world during the century of the jar’s greatest acclaim.
Jones Hall 202 and 101 McCormick Hall