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Smart Salon: Meiji Architecture and the Built Environment

Color woodblock print of a pedestrian scene in Japan

Join Meiji Modern co-curator Chelsea Foxwell and visiting scholar Erez Golani Solomon for a discussion on the built environment and the shifting architectural landscape of Meiji-era Japan.

Following this gallery discussion, UChicago’s Architectural Studies program will host an Open Studio with origami, sketching, building, and print-making stations, where visitors will receive guided instruction on Japanese art-making practices.

FREE, open to all. No prior experience needed. Art-making materials and refreshments provided. Advanced registration requested, as space is limited. 

Co-presented with UChicago’s Architectural Studies program.


  • Chelsea Foxwell is Associate Professor of Art History, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College, and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago 
  • Erez Golani Solomon is a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory at the School of Architecture and the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

About Smart Salons

Smart Salons is an interdisciplinary conversation series that fosters dialogue between UChicago students, faculty, staff, and the South Side community at the intersections of art and culture. From close-looking in the galleries to panel discussions, artists, researchers, scholars, and practitioners are invited to help us think and reflect expansively about art, ideas, and stories that matter today.

For Meiji Modern, the Smart Salon series will feature experts in East Asian and Pacific art history, architecture, religion, and identity, transporting the public to the latter 19th century in Japan through intentional dialogue and a closer look at key artworks in the exhibition.

Image: Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894), A Merchant Building in Yokohama (detail), 1867. Polychrome woodblock print (nishiki-e) triptych, 14 1⁄4 x 28 1⁄2 in. (36.2 x 72.4 cm). Collection of David Libertson. Photograph by Richard P. Goodbody.