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Past Event

Member Preview & Happy Hour: Hokusai

Oct 18 2023

Seattle Art Museum

Entire Building


All SAM members are invited to join us for a member-only preview of Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence, from the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—before it opens to the public.

This major exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) takes a new approach to the work of versatile artist, Katsushika Hokusai, pairing more than 100 of his woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books from the MFA’s renowned collection with over 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. Explore Hokusai’s impact through the centuries and around the globe, including on artists Yoshitomo Nara, Chiho Aoshima, and Helen Frankenthaler.

As a SAM member, you get access to exclusive programming throughout the day, including:

Exhibition Overviews

12:30 pm & 6:30 pm

Plestcheeff Auditorium

Listen to an engaging presentation about Hokusai’s life and legacy by Sarah Thompson, Curator of Japanese Art at MFA Boston, and Kendall DeBoer, Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Contemporary Art at MFA Boston. Please note that the overviews are first come first served but simulcast will be available in the Nordstrom Lecture Hall for overflow seating once the auditorium doors close.

Ikebana Demonstration

1-2 pm

Brotman Forum

Witness the unique beauty and balance of creating living art through Japanese flower arranging by watching a demonstration by the Seattle chapter of Ikebana International.

Art Activity

2-7:30 pm

Brotman Forum

Swing by and let Hokusai’s influential art be your muse as you create your own nature-inspired prints using an assortment of stamps and inks.

Happy Hour

4-7:30 pm

Brotman Forum

Enjoy delicious drinks and snacks available for purchase.

Live Music

5:15-6:15 pm

Brotman Forum

Delight in alluring Japanese harp music by koto musician, Mirei Zaborac.

Exhibition organized by
MFA Boston

Presenting Sponsors
Delta Airlines
Microsoft Logo
The Virginia Wright Future Fund LOGO

Major Sponsors
The Boeing Company
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

Hotel Sponsor
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa-oki nami-ura), also known as the Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei), about 1830–31 (Tenpo 1–2), Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, 1760–1849, woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, Photograph ©? Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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