DIRECTOR of the MARY GRIGGS BURKE CENTER FOR JAPANESE ART
TAKEO AND ITSUKO ATSUMI PROFESSOR OF JAPANESE ART HISTORY
DIRECTOR OF ART HUMANITIES
Matthew McKelway (Ph.D. Columbia, 1999) specializes in the history of late medieval and early modern Japanese painting. His research on urban representation in rakuchū rakugai zu (screen paintings of Kyoto) has led more broadly to interests in the development of early modern genre painting in depictions of famous places, the early Kabuki theater, and recently Nanban screens. His studies of Kano school fan paintings, individualist painters in 18th century Kyoto, Rimpa painting, and an ongoing study of the painter Nagasawa Rosetsu have explored questions of workshop practices, the materiality and techniques of painting, Sinophilia, and Zen in early modern Japanese art. Professor McKelway has been a guest professor at the Free University of Berlin, University of Heidelberg, Waseda University, and Seijō University.
Midori Oka brings her background as a museum professional to her role as the Associate Director of the Burke Center. She was Research Associate for Japanese art in the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum where she worked on an exhibition of Edo period paintings from a private New York collection. Prior to being in this area, she curated exhibitions, organized symposia and public programs, and co-authored a sourcebook for teachers as a curator and a Freeman Foundation Educator for Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. She has also worked at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art where she curated the installation of their Asian art galleries that opened in 2014. Oka received her M.A. and completed coursework for a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas where she specialized in later Edo period painting.