Visions of Turmoil and Tranquility: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Collection

Ripin Print Gallery
September 17, 2005 — December 23, 2005

the AMAM's collection of Japanese prints –today numbering almost 2,000– is recognized internationally for its great depth, quality and variety of subjects. This exhibition, featuring more than 75 prints, is drawn primarily from the Mary A. Ainsworth bequest of 1950, which is widely known for its many rare and beautiful impressions. The exhibition also includes works from several other collections, including a selection from the 1997 gift of Japanese prints from Sarah E. Epstein (OC 1948). On view are works by Okumura Masanobu; two rare prints by artists of the Kaigetsudo group; a large two-color print by Suzuki Harunobu; a fictitious portrait of Harunobu's favorite beauty Osen by Utamaro, as well as prints with mica grounds by Sharaku, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. The exhibition and related programming are organized to support courses in the East Asian Studies Program and the Art Department.

Okumura Toshinobu
(Japanese, active ca. 1717-17405)
Sparrows Worrying an Owl Perched
Woodcut, hand-colored with gloss
Allen Memorial Art Museum
Mary A. Ainsworth Collection, 1950.159


Curated by Stephanie Wiles, with the assistance of Miki Kawasaki (OC'06) and James Keary (OC'06). Support for the exhibition and related course activities has been generously provided by the Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861),
Yang Hsiang (Yoko) protecting his father from the tiger, ca. 1840, woodblock print.
Allen Memorial Art Museum,
Mary A. Ainsworth Bequest, 1950.56

Saturday, October 8, 2:00 pm
Fisher Gallery
Demonstration and talk on traditional and contemporary hanga (Japanese woodblock printing) by Keiji Shinohara, Visiting Artist, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut.