Magical Elements of the Floating World: Japanese Prints from the Mills College Art Museum Collections
Not on view
12/3/2014 - 5/31/2015
Organizing institution: Mills College Art Museum
Highlighting Japanese woodblock prints from MCAM’s collection, this exhibition is curated by students in Dr. Mary-Ann Milford’s course Japanese Paintings and Prints. Featured are a selection of over twenty ukiyo-e prints and books from the nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, including works by noted woodblock print masters Hiroshige (1797-1858), Hokusai (1760-1849), and Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). Japanese woodblock prints are known as ukiyo-e, which translates as “pictures of the floating world.” The exhibition examines aesthetic and conceptual considerations of woodblock print production. Including depictions of landscapes, women, natural disasters, and mythological figures, the works in the exhibition demonstrate the artists’ innovative uses of pictorial space, color, and printing processes to create dramatic compositions and a sense of otherworldliness.
Magical Elements of the Floating World is curated by Joel Frank, Zana Ito, Alexis Jimenez, Emily Landry, Abby Massarano, Sadie Padial, and Anjele Underwood. This exhibition is made possible by a gift in memory of Jacquelyne Weitzenhoffer Branch ’48.