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 »

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

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 Kantô Earthquake." Disaster as Image: Iconographies and Media Strategies across Europe and Asia. Schnell und Steiner, 2014. 125-134. (Chapter)

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

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.

"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. T Yasunori. Waseda Daigaku Aizu Yaiichi Kinen Hakubutsukan, 2007. 42-53.

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." Positions: east asia cultures critique 8.3 (December 1, 2000): 747-793. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

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

Weisenfeld, GS. "Imaging Kantō." (Digital Edition)

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Collaborative Scholarly Projects Grant awarded by Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University (2016 to 2017)

Advanced Research Grant awarded by The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies (2016)

Short Travel Grant awarded by Northeast Asia Council (2012 to 2013)

Publication Grant awarded by Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2012)

Residential Research Fellowship awarded by National Humanities Center (2009 to 2010)

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowship awarded by Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, SOAS University of London (2005 to 2006)

Research Fellowship awarded by Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation (2004 to 2005)

Seminar Fellow awarded by John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University (2004 to 2005)

Publication Grant awarded by College Art Association, Millard Meiss Publication Fund (2002)

Fellowship for university teachers awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (2001 to 2002)

Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship awarded by Fulbright-Hays (2001 to 2002)

Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by J. Paul Getty Research Institute (2001 to 2002)

Faculty Research Fellowship awarded by Japan Foundation (2001 to 2002)

Grants for advanced research on Japan awarded by Social Science Research Council (2000 to 2001)

Short Travel Grant awarded by Northeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies (1999 to 2000)

Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University (1997 to 1998)

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship awarded by Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art (1995 to 1997)

Dissertation write-up fellowship awarded by Social Science Research Council (1995)

Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by Fullbright-IIE (1993 to 1995)

Graduate Fellowship awarded by Blakemore Foundation (1992)

Graduate Fellowship awarded by Princeton University, Council for Regional Studies (1991)

Graduate fellowship for doctoral program awarded by Princeton University (1989 to 1994)

Fellowship awarded by Stanford University (1988 to 1989)

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