‘Reinventing Tokyo’ at Mead Art Museum
AMHERST — All cities are themselves works of art, a collision of design, chance, and finance (in culture, no less than in politics, follow the money). All cities are also works in progress. Perhaps no world capital bestrides the intersection of art and change as astonishingly as Tokyo. The city wasn’t even Tokyo until 1868. Prior to that it was Edo. “Reinventing Tokyo: Japan’s Largest City in the Artistic Imagination” begins a dozen years before Edo renamed itself and reaches to the present.