Gennifer S. Weisenfeld

Professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies


  • Ph.D., Princeton University 1997

  • M.A., Princeton University 1992

  • B.A., Wesleyan University 1987


Gennifer Weisenfeld received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Japanese Art History. Her field of research is modern and contemporary Japanese art history, design, and visual culture. Her work explores the impact of Japan's modern sociopolitical transformations on artistic production and practice; the cultural formations of nation and empire building; Japanese modernism; the politics of the avant-garde; the visual culture of disaster; commercial design; and the relationship between high art and popular culture.


Japanese art, art history, visual studies/visual culture, modern art, history of photography, design history, visual culture of disaster


Modern Japanese graphic design has consistently been heralded at home and abroad as one of the country’s most creative areas of artistic production in the twentieth century.... read more »
Focusing on one landmark catastrophic event in the history of an emerging modern nation—the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo and surrounding areas in 1923—this... read more »
The radical Japanese art group Mavo roared into new arenas and new art forms during the 1920s, with work ranging from performance art to painting, book illustration, and... read more »
Yoshiaki Shimizu, one of the foremost scholars of Japanese art history, taught at Princeton University for more than twenty-five years, during which time he trained many... read more »
Under pressure of cultural colonization from the West and as an expanding imperialist force and cultural colonizer within Asia, Japan occupied a unique space on the... read more »

Weisenfeld, GS. "Women and Words: Two Language Artists in Contemporary Japan." Persistance-Transformation: Text as Image in the Art of Xu Bing. Ed. J Silbergeld and DCY Ching. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, January 1, 2006. 59-85. Open Access Copy

Weisenfeld, GS. "Tada Hokuu no Kōkoku Bigaku to Josei no Shōchōsei (Tada Hokuu’s Advertising Aesthetics and the Symbolic Value of Women)." Manazashi no Yukue: Tada Hokuu to Sono Shigoto-ten. Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Japan, 2003.

Weisenfeld, GS. "Japanese Modernism and Consumerism: Forging the New Artistic Field of Shōgyō Bijutsu." Being Modern in Japan. Ed. E Tipton and J Clark. Sydney, Australian Humanities Research Foundation, 2000. 75-98.

Weisenfeld, GS. "Imaging Calamity: Artists in the Capital after the Great Kantō Earthquake." MOBO MOGA/ Modern Boy, Modern Girl: Japanese Modern Art 1910-1935. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998.


Spring 2016

Imaging a Nation (VMS 523S.01)
Smith Wrhs A285, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Fall 2015

Japanese Architecture (ARTHIST 234.01)
East Duke 108, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Pleasure Quarters to Tokyo Pop (ARTHIST 432S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, M 01:40 PM-04:10 PM
Japanese Architecture (VMS 250.01)
East Duke 108, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Pleasure Quarters to Tokyo Pop (VMS 432S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, M 01:40 PM-04:10 PM

Spring 2015

Japanese Architecture (ARTHIST 234.01)
East Duke 204B, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Fall 2014

Japanese Art, 1600-Present (ARTHIST 232.01)
East Duke 108, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Camera Asia (VMS 535S.01)
East Duke 204A, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM