Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Kit Brooks

Kit Brooks is The Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art at the Freer and Sackler, specializing in prints and paintings of the Edo and Meiji periods. Kit began their career at the British Museum, and holds a PhD. in the history of Japanese art and architecture from Harvard University (2017).

The Guiding Hand of Past Masters

If you’re a book lover, you might enjoy exploring the Pulverer Collection of Japanese Illustrated Books, acquired in 2007 by the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Formed over a span of thirty years by Dr. Gerhard Pulverer and his wife Rosemarie, the collection includes over 900 titles (totaling approximately 2,200 volumes) mostly from the Edo period (1603–1868), although there are a number of twentieth-century works as well.