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Alice Kiwako Ashiwa

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Alice Kiwako Ashiwa is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in modern Japanese art, with an interest in the relationship between patronage or institutuional support and avant-garde art, as well the overlaps between "tradition," "modern," and "avant-garde." Her dissertation examines the complex entanglments between ikebana [flower arrangment] and avant-garde art in the mid-twentieth century through the Sogetsu Art Center, a hub of postwar avant-garde art in Tokyo. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College in Anthropology and an M.A. in Modern and Contemproary Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellow (2021-2022) and affiliated with Sophia University in Tokyo.

Field of Study



Postwar Japanese art history and visual culture, Museum and exhibition studies


B.A. in Anthropology, Oberlin College, 2014

M.A. in Art History, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2017