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Smart Salon: Temptation and Pacific Geopolitics in the 19th century

A scroll painting of a blindfolded woman watched over by a flying deity

April 16, 2024
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Virtual event

Kimura Kaishu’s 1907 hanging scroll Temptation inspires a virtual roundtable discussion about the events surrounding the US annexation of Hawaii and the history of Japan-Hawaii relations. 

Join us for this virtual conversation with Meiji Modern co-curators Chelsea Foxwell and Bradley M. Bailey and other scholars of East Asian and Pacific art history, architecture, religion, politics and identity. 

FREE, open to all.


  • 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 
  • Bradley M. Bailey is Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Kelema Lee Moses is Assistant Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, UC San Diego
  • Stephanie Su is Assistant Professor, History of Asian Art, University of Colorado Boulder


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: Kaishū (Kimura Kaishū or Kimura Setsu no Kami), Temptation (detail), ca. 1907, Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper. Collection of Tusha Buntin, Honolulu, HI. Photograph by Richard P. Goodbody.