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Saturday University: Building Global Markets for Asian Art

Feb 12 2022

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

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We plan on delivering Saturday University lectures in-person and online this winter! Come back to the auditorium at the Seattle Asian Art Museum or tune in from the comfort of your home via Zoom. There will be a nominal charge ($5) for both in-person and virtual tickets and ticket purchase is required for access to this lecture.

Join author Yuriko Kuchiki (House of Yamanaka) for an exploration of Yamanaka & Co, one of the most influential Asian Art dealers of the 20th century. Yamanaka & Co, an art dealership of Osaka, Japan, opened the first store in New York in 1894. Several decades later, Yamanaka became one of the most successful Asian art dealers in the West, with prestigious stores in New York, Boston, Chicago, and London. Yamanaka’s rise was synonymous with growing interest in Asian art in the US. Many collectors and museums, including the Seattle Art Museum, built up their core Asian collections around this time. But at the start of World War II, all of Yamanaka’s assets were confiscated by the US government and sold off. Global geopolitics transformed the landscape of the international art scene.

Registration for this lecture is a two-step process. After you purchase a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email, which will include the Zoom registration link. Please click the link and fill out the Zoom registration form. Once you have completed this step, Zoom will send a link and a reminder to join the webinar. If you have any trouble with the registration process, please email us at In the event that we are unable to offer this program in person due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, we will transition to an online only format.



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Saturday University lectures are organized by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas in collaboration with the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
Photo: © Yamanaka & CO.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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