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Anne Nishimura Morse is the William and Helen Pounds Senior Curator of Japanese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A graduate of Radcliffe College (’78), she received her Masters degree from Harvard University (’80) in East Asian Regional Studies and Ph.D. (’09) in the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard. During her twenty-five year tenure at the Museum, Ms. Morse has organized many critically-acclaimed exhibitions including Courtly Splendor: Twelve Centuries of Treasures from Japan (1990), Object as Insight: Japanese Buddhist Art and Ritual Practice (1996), Okakura Tenshin and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Nagoya/Boston Museum, 1999), The Dawn of the Floating World 1650-1765: Early Ukiyoe Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Royal Academy of London, 2001) and Drama and Desire: Japanese Paintings from the Floating World 1690 – 1850 (2006). She was also responsible for The Art of the Japanese Postcard: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection at the MFA (2004) and The Much-Recorded War: The Russo-Japanese War in History and Imagery (2005). The catalogues for both the Dawn of the Floating World and The Art of the Japanese Postcard were cited by the New York Times in its annual list of the best art books of the year.
From 1992 through 2006 in collaboration with teams of scholars from Japan, Ms. Morse completed a fourteen-year project to recatalogue the Museum’s renowned collections of Japanese painting and sculpture—the largest of such holdings outside Japan. The surveys have resulted in numerous publications and exhibitions, including one devoted to masterpieces from the MFA’ s Japanese collections at the Tokyo National Museum in 2012.
Ms. Morse has been a visiting professor at Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College and lectured for three summers for the Teaching East Asia program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.