Dr. Frank Feltens, The Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art, Freer Gallery of Art


About Dr. Frank Feltens, The Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art, Freer Gallery of Art

Frank Feltens joined the Freer|Sackler as an Anne van Biema fellow in Japanese art, and he became the Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art in 2017. He holds a PhD in Japanese art history from Columbia University (2016). Feltens is a specialist in Japanese painting with a particular focus on the late medieval and early modern periods. Additional interests include Japanese photography and the intersections between paintings and ceramics. Feltens has published and lectured on a range of topics related to Japanese art. Recent work includes articles on the painters Ogata Kōrin and Sakai Hōitsu, and the photographer Domon Ken. Prior to coming to the Freer|Sackler, he worked at MoMA, the National Museum of Asian Art in Berlin and, in Tokyo, the Nezu Museum and the temple Sensōji. Feltens is a longtime practitioner of the Japanese tea ceremony in the Urasenke tradition and received the honorary pseudonym Sōchoku in 2017.