September 2, 2008

Sarah E. Thompson


Sarah E. Thompson (Assistant Curator for Japanese Prints, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Received the A.B. from Harvard University and the PhD. from Columbia University.  She taught Japanese and Asian art history at Vassar College, Oberlin College, and the University of Oregon and curated several exhibitions of Japanese prints (most notably “Undercurrents in the Floating World: Censorship and Japanese Prints” at the Asia Society in New York in 1991) before coming to the MFA in 2004.  She is now supervising the Japanese Print Access and Documentation Project (JPADP), whose ultimate goal is to photograph and catalogue all 50,000 Japanese prints in the MFA collection.


“Visions of Kyoto: Scenes from Japan’s Ancient Capital.”  With Quintana Heathman.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,  September 20, 2008 - May 31, 2009.
“Printed Treasures: Highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.” With Nagata Seiji.  Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, January 2 - April 6, 2008; Niigata City Art Museum, April 15 - May 13, 2008; Fukuoka Art Museum, July 12 - August 31, 2008; Edo-Tokyo Museum, October 7 - November 30, 2008.
“Sumo: Japan’s Big Sport.” With Abraham Schroeder.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,  November 10, 2007 - August 3, 2008.
“Women of Renown: Female Heroes and Villains in the Prints of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1797-1861.”  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,  January 10 - October 28, 2007.
“On Stage in Osaka:  Actor Prints from the MFA Collection.”  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, April 5 - December 31, 2006.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidō. San Francisco: Pomegranate Communications, Inc., 2009.
“Art of the Town.” In Anne Nishimura Morse, ed., MFA Highlights: Arts of Japan. Boston: MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2009.
“Ukiyo-e in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Prints, Books, and Paintings, 1890-2008,” in Boston bijutsukan ukiyo-e meihin ten/Printed Treasures: Highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Tokyo: Nikkei Inc., 2008), pp. 240-245.  Also twenty-eight catalogue entries, co-authored with Quintana Heathman.
“The Original Source (Accept No Substitutes!): Okumura Masanobu.” In Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings, 1680-1860 (Seattle and London: Asia Society and Japanese Art Society of America in association with University of Washington Press, 2008), pp. 57-79.
“The Twelve Animals in Unified Silla, Tang China, and Nara Japan.” Oriental Art, vol. 49, no. 5 (2004), pp. 22-31.
“Parody and Poetry: Japan versus China in Two Eighteenth-Century Ukiyo-e Prints.”  Impressions: The Journal of the Ukiyo-e Society of America 24 (2002), pp. 72-91.

Joint message by Sarah E. Thompson and Abraham Schroeder:
 We are very happy to participate in this groundbreaking conference. We look forward to comparing our experiences with those of colleagues from around the world, as all of us explore the application of new technologies to problems that (as in our case) may have been difficult or impossible to solve until very recently.