September 29 – December 6, 2009
Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Collection of James Stepp and Peter Zimmer
Plum blossoms and the moon were secondary motifs commonly depicted in Japanese woodblock prints of the 19th century. This exhibition features images of beautiful women, actors of the kabuki stage, and heroes from Japanese history and legend incorporating these motifs for their auspicious connotations or to set mood. Works are by such well known print designers as Utagawa Toyokuni, Tsunoda Kunisada, Ikeda Eisen, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, and Kobayashi Kiyochika. The exhibition is funded in part by Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation.