May 10–31, 2023

Hokusai and Beyond

Inspired by the exhibition “Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence,” this course explores many facets of the life, career, and lasting impact of Katsushika Hokusai. Learn about the many students who trained under Hokusai, look at what goes into conserving his work, and discover his ongoing relevance through contemporary art that references his themes and style.

Hear from curators, conservators, and other special guests as they unpack the new exhibition and dive deep into the enduring legacy of one of Japan’s most beloved artists.

Take the full four-session course or choose the lectures that interest you most.

Ticket Packages

Purchase the discounted four-session course package. Please note that this course package is not available after the date of the first session.

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Past Events


May 31, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Hokusai has inspired everyone from pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol to emergent multimedia makers Linda Sormin and Taiko Chandler. Explore...


May 24, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Hokusai’s work is full of “ghosts,” or cultural legacies—the landscapes, supernatural phenomena, scenes from urban society, and more that inspired him...


May 17, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Don’t miss this behind-the-scenes look at the process of preparing paintings, ukiyo-e prints, and books by Hokusai for the MFA exhibition “Hokusai...


May 10, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

The first US museum exhibition of Japanese art with a published catalogue was the MFA’s “Hokusai and His School,” on view between 1892 and ’93. More...


Supported by the MFA Associates, MFA Senior Associates, and Weekend Guides in honor of Barbara Martin.