Opening Reception, for the "From Cherry Blossoms to Snow Gardens: The Floating World of Japanese Prints" showcase. Features woodblock prints by famed ukiyo-e masters of the 19th century including Utagawa Hiroshige, Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and Katsushika Hokusai. These artists documented the everyday life of Edo (present day Tokyo) through vibrant images of landscape, travel, commerce, and leisure. Among the many subjects represented are sumo wrestlers, logging and bamboo harvesting, images of the passing seasons, fireworks, and boating. Also included are selections from Hiroshige's series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido," "One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo," and "Fashionable Genji." The exhibition also features 20th century Japanese prints by artists including Shiro Ikegawa, Hashigushi Goyo, Kawano Kaoru, Azechi Umetaro, and Saito Kiyoshi. The 20th century works on view include examples of artist working in the more traditional shin hanga method and those who experiment with sosaku hanga, or "creative print" tradition in which artists controlled the entire printmaking process and rejected the ingrained ukiyo-e tradition. Also on view are examples of popular 20th century Japanese print culture including selections of mid-century Chiyogami prints as well as prints that reflect both the evolution and continuity of Japanese visual narratives.
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