Ukiyo-e Prints from the Mary Ainsworth Collection
January 14–June 14, 2020
More than 100 Japanese woodblock prints from the legacy of a celebrated Oberlin alumna (1867–1950) span the history of the medium. The works—selected from the 200 works that recently toured three major venues in Japan—feature actors, courtesans, and landscapes favored by denizens of the Floating World of 17th- to 19th-century Japan.
Boredom Aesthetics: The Early Videos of Zhang Peili
January 14–July 12, 2020
The Allen presents three works by the contemporary Chinese artist. In the late 1980s, Zhang began making videos that recorded monotonous gestures while emphasizing repetition, suppressing narrative, and forgoing post-production editing.