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Jan 28

In Conversation: Graphic Power: Promoting Japan through Contemporary Posters

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

Japanese graphic designers Ikko Tanaka, Shigeo Fukuda, and Kazumasa Nagai created eye-catching posters for trade fairs, cultural festivals, and exhibitions in the 1980s and early 1990s, when Japan’s strong economy was causing anti-Japanese sentiment overseas. Their posters became powerful tools to promote a deeper understanding of Japan and its long cultural history. Join Curator of Asian Art, Natsu Oyobe, and explore concepts and visual strategies behind these poster designs, which helped to remake the national image.

Lead support for Red Circle: Designing Japan in Contemporary Posters is provided by AISIN, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies.