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Gennifer Weisenfeld, Assistant Professor, Art & Art History

Gennifer Weisenfeld
Contact Info:
Office Location:  114 S. Buchanan Blvd. East Duke Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-6811
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.Princeton University1997
M.A.Princeton University1992
B.A.Wesleyan University1987

Japanese Art
Art History
Visual Studies/Visual Culture
Modern Art
History of Photography
Design History
Visual Culture of Disaster
Research Interests:

The impact of Japan's modern sociopolitical transformations on artistic production and practice; the cultural formations of nation and empire building; Japanese modernism; the politics of the avant-garde; commercial design; and the relationship between high art and popular culture.


Asia • Japan • Art History • Avant-Garde • Modernism

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Magdalena Kolodziej  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Weisenfeld, GS, Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan’s Great Earthquake of 1923 (2012), Berkeley: University of California Press [book.php]
  2. Weisenfeld, GS, Mavo: Japanese Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1905-1931 (2002), Berkeley: University of California Press, ISBN 0520223381 [book.php]  [abs]
  3. Weisenfeld, GS, Japanese Typographic Design and the Art of Letterforms, in Bridges to Heaven: Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Wen C. Fong, edited by Silbergeld, Jerome, ; Ching, Dora C. Y., ; Smith, Judith G., ; Murck, Alfreda, (2011), pp. 827-848, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University in association with Princeton University Press [repository]
  4. Weisenfeld, GS, Publicity and Propaganda in 1930s Japan: Modernism as Method, Design Issues, vol. 25 no. 4 (Fall, 2009), pp. 13-28, M I T PRESS [repository]
  5. Weisenfeld, GS, Selling Shiseido: Cosmetics Advertising & Design in Early 20th-Century Japan (2008), MIT Visualizing Cultures (Visualizing Cultures Website, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.) [html]  [abs]
  6. Weisenfeld, GS, Reinscribing Tradition in a Transnational Art World, in Asian art history in the twenty-first century, edited by Desai, VN (2007), pp. 181-198, Yale University Press, Williamstown, MA, ISBN 0300125534 [repository]  [abs]
  7. Weisenfeld, GS, ‘From Baby’s First Bath’: Kao Soap and Modern Japanese Commercial Design, The Art Bulletin, vol. LXXXVI no. 3 (September, 2004), pp. 573-598 [repository]
  8. Weisenfeld, GS, Nihon ni okeru Shōgyō Dezainshi to Sono Kenkyū (Art History and the Study of Japanese Commercial Design), Bijutsu Forum, vol. 21 (November, 2001), pp. 123-130
  9. Weisenfeld, GS, Touring Japan-as-Museum: NIPPON and Other Japanese Imperialist Travelogues, in Visual Cultures of Japanese Imperialism, edited by Weisenfeld, G, Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, vol. 8 no. 3 (Winter, 2000), pp. 747-793, Duke University Press, ISSN 1527-8271
  10. Weisenfeld, GS, Japanese Modernism and Consumerism: Forging the New Artistic Field of Shōgyō Bijutsu, in Being Modern in Japan, edited by Tipton, E; Clark, J (2000), pp. 75-98, Sydney, Australian Humanities Research Foundation
  11. Weisenfeld, GS, Designing After Disaster: Barrack Decoration and the Great Kanto Earthquake, Japanese Studies, vol. 18 no. 3 (1998), pp. 229-246 [repository]
  12. Weisenfeld, GS, Mavo’s ‘Conscious Constructivism’: Art, Individualism, and Daily Life in Interwar Japan, Art Journal, vol. 55 no. 3 (Fall, 1996), pp. 64-73 [repository]