Moonlight Memories, Plum Blossom Dreams

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 …

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Elegance in Iron: The Art of the Japanese Tetsubin

September 29 – December 6, 2009 In 18th century Kyoto, literary men with an interest in Chinese learning rebelled against the formalized manner of the Japanese tea ceremony and took up the Chinese habit of drinking steeped tea. By century’s end, this act of defiance had led to the development of the tetsubin, the Japanese cast-iron teakettle. This exhibition draws from the outstanding collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kramer and features more than 90 tetsubin from the 19th and early 20th centuries, when the affluence of the urban merchant class, which …

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Ceramic Sculptures of Jun Kaneko

December 22, 2009 – March 7, 2010 Jun Kaneko was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942. He came to the United States in 1963 to continue his painting studies at Chouinard Institute of Art where his focus was drawn to sculptural ceramics through his introduction to Fred Marer and his extensive collection of artworks by contemporary California artists. At this time he also studied with many of the artists who formed The Contemporary Ceramics Movement such as Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, John Mason and Jerry Rothman. The following decade, Kaneko taught at …

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Meditations on Form & Pattern

March 23 – June 13, 2010 Featuring eight photographs presenting a distinctive, visionary approach to architectural elements at Morikami. The photographer, Matt Vought, is also a painter, and resides in Lake Worth, Florida. His images of the gardens capture one of the most important aspects of Japanese aesthetics, that of creating beautiful pure forms from simple, repetitive shapes and patterns. Vought’s unique perspective captures the elegance and simplicity of Japanese design that is inherently and effortlessly embedded in architectural objects from roof tiles and rock gardens to sculpture fashioned expressly for spiritual …

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Masterpieces of Japanese Lacquerware

March 23 – June 13, 2010 From the Collection of Dr. Elizabeth E. Force This exhibition presents over 60 sumptuously decorated lacquerwares from the 18th and 19th centuries, including carrying cases (inrō), inkstone writing sets, incense containers and incense guessing-game boxes, boxes for storing documents, poem slips, and scroll paintings, and many more fine lacquerware objects from the collection of Dr. Elizabeth E. Force. A catalog of the show is also available. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation.

Kyoto: A Place in Art

June 22, 2010–October 17, 2010 Founded at the end of the 8th century, the city of Kyoto served as Japan’s imperial capital for centuries, and continues to be regarded as its cultural capital today. This exhibition explores why this magical city remains the center of Japanese traditional culture. Works by painters representing art movements closely associated with Kyoto, Kyoto textiles, photographs of Kyoto gardens by one of Japan’s best known photographers, woodblock prints, ceramics, and more make up this exhibition, which includes a pair of 18th century folding screens depicting in fascinating …

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Seventy-Seven Dances: Japanese Calligraphy by Poets, Monks and Scholars, 1568 – 1868

October 7, 2008 – November 30, 2008 Seventy-Seven Dances Japanese Calligraphy by Poets, Monks and Scholars, 1568 – 1868, borrowing from private and public collections across the United States, features seventy-seven two- and three-dimensional objects displaying Japanese calligraphy in its full range and potential. The works on display reveal the remarkably creative flowering of the art of writing during Japan’s Momoyama and Edo Periods (16th to 19th centuries). Texts ranging from thorny Zen conundrums to gossamer haiku poems are written with verve, energy and creativity, demonstrating how deeply calligraphy penetrated the social …

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Return of the Yellow Peril

March 3 – May 10, 2009 Is third-generation Japanese American Roger Shimomura a prankster with a brush or a social commentator whose art represents a unique Japanese-American style and point of view? Turns out he’s both. And that’s why the exhibition Return of the Yellow Peril: A Survey of the Work of Roger Shimomura, 1969-2007 is as compelling in its message as it is visually captivating. Visitors can explore 63 of Shimomura’s works from 1969 to 2007. His uniquely bicultural style of work integrates images from ukiyo-e woodcut prints with images from …

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