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Gennifer S. Weisenfeld, Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies and Core Faculty in the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute

Gennifer S. WeisenfeldSpecialization:

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

Research Interests:

Gennifer Weisenfeld received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Japanese Art History. Her field of research is modern and contemporary Japanese art history, design, and visual culture. Her work explores 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; the visual culture of disaster; commercial design; and the relationship between high art and popular culture.


  • Ph.D. Princeton University 1997
  • M.A. Princeton University 1992
  • B.A. Wesleyan University 1987

Contact Info:

Office Location:  114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Smith Warehouse Bay 10, Room A261, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:   (919) 684-6051
Email Address:   gennifer.weisenfeld@duke.edu
Web Page:  

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. GS Weisenfeld. Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan’s Great Earthquake of 1923. Berkeley, University of California Press, (2012). [book.php]
  2. GS Weisenfeld. Mavo: Japanese Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1905-1931. Berkeley, University of California Press, (2002). [book.php]
  3. GS Weisenfeld. "Japanese Typographic Design and the Art of Letterforms." manualBridges to Heaven: Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Wen C. Fong. Edited by Silbergeld, Jerome and Ching, Dora C. Y. and Smith, Judith G. and Murck, Alfreda.  (2011): 827-848. [DukeSpace]
  4. GS Weisenfeld. "The Expanding Arts of the Interwar Period." manualSince Meiji: Perspectives on the Japanese Visual Arts, 1868-2000. Edited by JT Rimer.  (2011): 66-98. [aspx]
  5. GS Weisenfeld. "Publicity and Propaganda in 1930s Japan: Modernism as Method." Design Issues  vol. 25 no. 4 (Fall, 2009): 13-28. [DukeSpace]
  6. Weisenfeld, GS. "Selling Shiseido: Japanese Cosmetics Advertising and Design in the Early 20th-Century." manual  (2008). (Visualizing Cultures Website, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) [html]
  7. GS Weisenfeld. "Saigai to Shikaku: Kantō Daishinsai no Shikaku Hyōshō o Megutte (Disaster and Vision: On the Visual Representations of the Great Kantō Earthquake)." manualKioku to Rekishi: Nihon ni okeru Kako no Shikakuka o megutte (Memory and History: Visualising the Past in Japan). Edited by Yasunori, Tano.  (2007): 42-53. [DukeSpace]
  8. GS Weisenfeld. "Publicité et Propagande Dans le Japon des Années 1930: Le Modernisme Comme Méthode." manualLa société Japonaise devant la montée du militarisme: Culture populaire et contrôle social dans les années 1930. Edited by J-J Tschudin and C Hamon.  (2007): 47-70.  [abs]
  9. GS Weisenfeld. "Reinscribing Tradition in a Transnational Art World." manualAsian art history in the twenty-first century. Edited by VN Desai.  (2007): 181-198. [DukeSpace]  [abs]
  10. GS Weisenfeld. "Women and Words: Two Language Artists in Contemporary Japan." manualPersistance-Transformation: Text as Image in the Art of Xu Bing. Edited by J Silbergeld and DCY Ching.  (January, 2006): 59-85. [DukeSpace]
  11. GS Weisenfeld. "‘From Baby’s First Bath’: Kao Soap and Modern Japanese Commercial Design." The Art Bulletin  vol. LXXXVI no. 3 (September, 2004): 573-598. [DukeSpace]
  12. GS Weisenfeld. "Nihon ni okeru Shōgyō Dezainshi to Sono Kenkyū (Art History and the Study of Japanese Commercial Design)." Bijutsu Forum  vol. 21 (November, 2001): 123-130.
  13. GS Weisenfeld. "Touring ‘Japan as Museum’: NIPPON and Other Japanese Imperialist Travelogues." positions: east asia cultures critiqueVisual Cultures of Japanese Imperialism. Edited by G Weisenfeld.  vol. 8 no. 3 (Winter, 2000): 747-793.
  14. GS Weisenfeld. "Japanese Modernism and Consumerism: Forging the New Artistic Field of Shōgyō Bijutsu." manualBeing Modern in Japan. Edited by E Tipton and J Clark.  (2000): 75-98.
  15. GS Weisenfeld. "Designing After Disaster: Barrack Decoration and the Great Kanto Earthquake." Japanese Studies  vol. 18 no. 3 (1998): 229-246. [DukeSpace]
  16. GS Weisenfeld. "Mavo’s ‘Conscious Constructivism’: Art, Individualism, and Daily Life in Interwar Japan." Art Journal  vol. 55 no. 3 (Fall, 1996): 64-73. [DukeSpace]