TMA Welcomes Deco Japan Curator for Summer Lecture Series


Dr. Kendall H. Brown, curator of the new Tyler Museum of Art exhibition Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945, will be the special guest for the TMA Summer Lecture Series program on Sunday, July 14.

The lecture, titled “Delirious Japan: Japanese Art Deco, 1920-1945,” is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Jean Browne Theatre, located in the Wise Cultural Arts Center on the Tyler Junior College main campus across from the Museum. Brown, who served as editor of the catalog that accompanies the Deco Japan exhibition on display at the TMA through Oct. 20, also will be on hand to autograph copies of the catalog at the Museum immediately following the program.

Lecture tickets are free for Museum members and students, and $5 for adult non-members. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, call (903) 595-1001.

Brown is a professor of Asian Art History in the School of Art at California State University, Long Beach, a post he has held since 2008. He formerly served as Curator of Exhibitions, Programs and Education at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, Calif., and as a professor of art history at the University of Southern California. In addition to editing the Deco Japan catalog, he is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America, Between Two Worlds: The Life and Art of Lillian Miller, and Japanese Warriors, Rogues and Beauties: Woodblocks from Adventure Stories. Brown received his Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, and also holds an M.A. in art history from the University of California at Berkeley.

“We are pleased to have an art historian as accomplished as Dr. Brown join us for the Summer Lecture Series,” TMA Curator Ken Tomio said. “As a leading figure in the study of Japanese art in general, and the curator of this spectacular exhibition we are fortunate to host at the Tyler Museum of Art, we have no doubt he will deliver a fascinating program with a lecture title as intriguing as ‘Delirious Japan.’”


The Summer Lecture Series is only one in a series of special events scheduled for the weekend of July 13-15 in connection with Deco Japan. A Family Day scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13 will feature free art activities related to the exhibition and light refreshments. The public is invited and admission is free, but reservations are encouraged.

Normally closed on Mondays, the TMA will open Monday, July 15 for Seniors’ Day, in which visitors age 65 and older are invited for a free special viewing of the exhibition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours will be available at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Seniors’ Day admission also is free, but reservations are encouraged.

The TMA is one of only two museums in the Southwest – and the only venue in Texas – to host Deco Japan, a traveling exhibition drawn from The Levenson Collection and organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Va. Support has been provided by The Chisholm Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, with local support courtesy of Mrs. Harold Cameron, exhibition presenter; June and Steve Hillis and the Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust, Collectors’ Circle sponsors; and Anonymous, lecture sponsor.

Exhibition admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for TMA Members and children 12 and under. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit