Nozomi Naoi

Humanities (Art History)

Assistant Professor
Georgette Chen Fellow

Contact No.: +65 6601-3654

Dr Nozomi Naoi did her graduate work at Harvard University at the Department of History of Art and Architecture where she completed her PhD in 2014 and received her MA in 2009. Before starting her graduate programme, Dr Naoi worked as a Research Assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Dr Naoi grew up bi-culturally and bilingually in Tokyo, Japan through an international school system.

Dr Naoi’s research interests include modern Japanese prints and visual culture, the development of new media technologies in modern and contemporary Asia as well as the evolving forms of female imagery in East Asian art and design.

Dr Naoi has published on the development of Japanese posters, “The Modern Beauty in Taishō Media,” in The Women of Shin Hanga (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2013), which analyses the image of the female beauty in Japanese poster production and addresses issues of advertisement, department stores, consumer culture, and design. She is also involved in co-curating an exhibition focused on Takehisa Yumeji’s works at the Nihon no Hanga Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

“Takehisa Yumeji—Life and Work: The Early Years and First Success (1884-1911)” and “Printmaker and Illustrator: Yumeji and the Graphic Medium.” In Nihon no Hanga exhibition catalogue on Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Spring 2015. Forthcoming with Brill Academic Publishers.

“Beauties and Beyond: Takehisa Yumeji and the Yumeji-shiki.” Forthcoming with Andon, 2015.

“The Modern Beauty in Taishō Media.” In The Women of Shin Hanga: The Joseph and Judy Barker Collection of Early Twentieth-Century Japanese Prints, edited by Allen Hockley, 23-42. Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2013.

“Select Annotated Bibliography on Okakura Kakuzō.” With Noriko Murai In The Review of Japanese Culture and Society, vol XXIV (Dec. 2013) “Okakura Kakuzō: New Perspectives,” published by the Jōsai International Center for the Promotion of Art and Science, Jōsai University.

Literature and Humanities II
Japanese Woodblock Prints
The Female Image in Japanese Art and Literature
Critical Approaches to Art History (co-taught with Maria Taroutina)
Modern Art in East Asia
From Edo to Modern City: TOKYO