Visualization Web Site
is currently a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. She has taught Japanese art history at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley. Her publications focus on collecting and canon formation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her current project builds on this foundation to explore the reception, appropriation, and transformation of a single Japanese woodcut, Hokusai's Under the Wave off Kanagawa, that has become a global icon. Professor Guth's presentation focuses on the "Ryakuga hayaoshie" (Quick Guide to Painting), an instructional book Hokusai published in 1812 that introduced to the Japanese public the idea of visualizing the world in terms of circles, squares, and triangles. Hokusai's source for this approach was European painting manuals, but his interpretation of them raises provocative questions about the visualization of knowledge across time and space among interpretive communities who may not share the same values or goals.