Gennifer S. Weisenfeld

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

Education

  • Ph.D., Princeton University 1997

  • M.A., Princeton University 1992

  • B.A., Wesleyan University 1987

Overview

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.

Expertise

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

Projects

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. Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan’s Great Earthquake of 1923. Berkeley, University of California Press, 2012.

Crossing the Sea: Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Yoshiaki Shimizu. Ed. G Levine, A Watsky, and G Weisenfeld. Princeton University Press, 2012. (Edited Book)

Weisenfeld, GS. Mavo: Japanese Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1905-1931. Berkeley: Berkeley, University of California Press, 2002. Open Access Copy

Weisenfeld, GS. "Industrial Poisoning Minamata, 1972." Getting the Picture: The Visual Culture of the News. Ed. J Hill and VR Schwartz. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. 94-96. (Chapter)

Weisenfeld, GS. "Laughing in the Face of Calamity: Visual Satire after the Great Kantō Earthquake." Disaster as Image: Iconographies and Media Strategies across Europe and Asia. Schnell und Steiner, 2014. 125-134.

Weisenfeld, GS. "Die Verbildlichung der Katastrophe in Japan." Von Atlantis bis heute: Mensch, Natur, Katastrophe. Mannheim, Germany: Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, 2014. 155-161. (Chapter)

Weisenfeld, GS. "Western-Style Painting in Japan: Mimesis, Individualism, and Japanese Nationhood." Modern Art in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: An Introduction to Global Modernisms. Ed. EO Brien, E Nicodemus, and M Chiu. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. 165-180.

Weisenfeld, GS. "Shiseido Chic: The Cosmopolitan Aesthetics of Japanese Cosmetics." Crossing the Sea: Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Yoshiaki Shimizu. Ed. G Levine, A Watsky, and G Weisenfeld. Princeton, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University in association with Princeton University Press, 2012. 159-179.

Weisenfeld, GS. "Japanese Typographic Design and the Art of Letterforms." Bridges to Heaven: Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Wen C. Fong. Ed. Jerome Silbergeld, Dora C. Y. Ching, Judith G. Smith, and Alfreda Murck. Princeton, NJ: Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University in association with Princeton University Press, 2011. 827-848. Open Access Copy

Weisenfeld, GS. "The Expanding Arts of the Interwar Period." Since Meiji: Perspectives on the Japanese Visual Arts, 1868-2000. Ed. JT Rimer. University of Hawaii Press, 2011. 66-98.

Weisenfeld, GS. "Publicité et Propagande Dans le Japon des Années 1930: Le Modernisme Comme Méthode." La société Japonaise devant la montée du militarisme: Culture populaire et contrôle social dans les années 1930. Ed. J-J Tschudin and C Hamon. Editions Philippe Picquier, 2007. 47-70.

Weisenfeld, GS. "Reinscribing Tradition in a Transnational Art World." Asian art history in the twenty-first century. Ed. VN Desai. Williamstown, Mass. : Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute ; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007. 181-198. Open Access Copy

Weisenfeld, GS. "Saigai to Shikaku: Kantō Daishinsai no Shikaku Hyōshō o Megutte (Disaster and Vision: On the Visual Representations of the Great Kantō Earthquake)." Kioku to Rekishi: Nihon ni okeru Kako no Shikakuka o megutte (Memory and History: Visualising the Past in Japan). Ed. Tano Yasunori. Tokyo, Japan: Waseda Daigaku Aizu Yaiichi Kinen Hakubutsukan, 2007. 42-53. Open Access Copy

Pages

Weisenfeld, GS. "Gas Mask Parade: Japan’s Anxious Modernism." Modernism/Modernity 21.1 (2014): 179-199. Open Access Copy

Weisenfeld, GS. "Publicity and Propaganda in 1930s Japan: Modernism as Method." Design Issues 25.4 (October 2009): 13-28. Open Access Copy

Weisenfeld, GS. "‘From Baby’s First Bath’: Kao Soap and Modern Japanese Commercial Design." The Art Bulletin LXXXVI.3 (September 2004): 573-598. Open Access Copy

Weisenfeld, GS. "Touring ‘Japan as Museum’: NIPPON and Other Japanese Imperialist Travelogues." Ed. G Weisenfeld. positions: east asia cultures critique 8.3 (2000): 747-793.

Weisenfeld, GS. "Guest Editor's Introduction: Visual Cultures of Japanese Imperialism." positions: east asia cultures critique 8.3 (2000): 591-603.

Weisenfeld, GS. "Review of Maximum Embodiment: Yōga, The Western Painting of Japan, 1912-1955 by Bert Winther-Tamaki." Journal of Japanese Studies 40.1 (2014): 187-190. (Review)

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