Julie Nelson Davis joined the faculty in 2002 and
teaches the arts of East Asia from 1600 to the present. Davis received
her B.A. from Reed College, studied in Japan as a Monbushô fellow at the
Osaka University of Foreign Languages and at Gakushûin University, and
completed her Ph.D at the University of Washington. Davis was a Robert
and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of
Japanese Arts and Cultures, affiliated with the University of East
Anglia, Norwich, and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS),
University of London, during the calendar year 2003.
Other recent publications include an essay on the
influential ukiyo-e publisher, Tsutaya Jûzaburô in
(Asia Society, 2008), a study of a painting by Teisai Hokuba in the Japanese art history journal, Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings, 1680 – 1860 Kokka (2007), an overview essay on Utamaro and his contemporaries in The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints (Hotei Books, 2005), and an article on Utamaro and the status of the ukiyo-e artist in the anthology The Artist as Professional in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2004), among others. Special projects here at Penn include co-curating Dramatic Impressions: Japanese Theatre Prints from the Gilbert Luber Collection at the Arthur Ross Gallery in 2006, co-authoring the catalogue, and organizing the related symposium;
Davis also taught the Spiegel Freshman seminar, “Contemporary Art in
East Asia and the World,” with a site visit to the 2007 Venice Biennale.
She is currently at work on a new book on artistic collaboration in
ukiyo-e between 1775 and 1810. Davis also served on the editorial board of caa.reviews.
ARTH 100: Spiegel Freshman Seminar: Contemporary Art in East Asia and the World ARTH 103 & EALC 013: East Asian Arts and Civilizations ARTH 213/613 & EALC 157: Arts of Japan ARTH 215/615: Japanese Painting ARTH 218/618: Early Modern Japanese Arts and the City of Edo ARTH 219/619: Modern Japanese Arts ARTH 210/610 & FILM 223: Post-war Japanese Cinema and Visual Culture ARTH 301: Undergraduate Seminar in East Asian Art; recent topics include: “The Concept of the ‘Artist’ in Japan” “Ukiyo-e: Images of the Floating World” ARTH 413: 20th-century Arts in China and Japan ARTH 511: Japanese Prints and Ukiyo-e ARTH 513: Proseminar in East Asian Art; recent topics include: “Gender Issues in Japanese Art” “Global Art, 1500-1700” (co-taught with Larry Silver) ARTH 713: Graduate Seminar in East Asian Art; recent topics include: “The Concept of the Artist in Twentieth-Century China and Japan” “Modern Japanese Arts, 1868-1955”