a still from the film Edo Avant Garde showing a rooster and the name of the film and filmermaker

AsiaLENS presents Film Screening of Edo Avant Garde

  • Event Date: Friday, February 19, 2021–Friday, February 26, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 pm (CST)
  • Location: Online, via Zoom
  • Cost: Free Admission

AsiaLENS presents:

  • Edo Avant Garde
  • A film by Linda Hoaglund
  • 2019, 83 minutes

Online Viewing

  • Friday, February 19, 2021, 5:00 pm –Friday, February 26, 2021 5:00 pm
  • A link will be emailed to registered participants on February 19, 2021.
  • A discussion with the filmmaker will take place on February 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm.

About the Film and Filmmaker

Edo Avant Garde reveals the pivotal role Japanese artists of the Edo era (1603–1868) played in setting the stage for the Modern Art movement in the West. During the Edo era, bold artists innovated abstraction, minimalism, surrealism and the illusion of 3-D. Their originality is most striking in images of the natural world depicted with gold leaf on large-scale folding screens. To capture the dynamism, scale and meticulous details of the art, Hoaglund worked with Japan's Academy Award-winning cinematographer Kasamatsu Norimichi to film masterpieces in museum and private collections across the U.S. and Japan.

Linda Hoaglund is a bilingual film director and producer who has subtitled 200 Japanese films and translated works by Japan's most esteemed artists. In 2014, she completed The Wound and The Gift, a film about rescued animals told through an ancient Japanese fable. Previously she created a trilogy of feature documentary films relating to the Pacific War and postwar U.S.-Japan relations: Things Left Behind (2012) explores the transformative power of photographs of clothing left behind by those who perished in Hiroshima, taken by Ishiuchi Miyako, winner of the 2014 Hasselblad Award. ANPO: Art X War (2010) tells the story of resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan, through a treasure trove of paintings, photographs, film clips and interviews with the artists who created them. She also produced and wrote Wings of Defeat (2007), about Kamikaze pilots who survived WWII and tell the truth about a military that could not accept defeat. She recently competed her new film, Edo Avant Garde.


Please click the button below to register for the online discussion that will take place February 23rd at 4:00 pm. Once you register for the online discussion, a link to view the film will be emailed on Februrary 19th. Webinar Registration Form (external link)

Educational Resources

Edo Avant Garde Website (external link)
  • K-12 Educational Modules (external link) on Japanese Art of the Edo Era (Module I - Introducing the Edo era: Why did Japanese artists create so much innovative art? Module II - How Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism influenced Edo era art; Module III - Why do Ōkyo’s puppies look so cute? The significance of Edo period artists observing nature to create art)
  • Artists and Works Featured (external link) with links to museum collections and high-res images

Japan House Website (external link) Krannert Art Museum Website (external link) International and Area Studies Library Japanese Studies Collection Website (external link)

Event co-sponsored by the Spurlock, the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) (external link), and the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) at Illinois (external link).

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Please note that this program does NOT take place at the Spurlock Museum.
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For further information on this event, contact Katya Reno at (217) 244-8483 or

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or cudiamat@illinois.edu (email link).