Fresh Impressions Exhibition Opening Event Features Japanese Dancers

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A Variety of Special Programming Planned Throughout Fall

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers of Cleveland

Japanese films, guest presentations and a woodblock printing workshop are among the special programs planned in conjunction with Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, a major fall exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The opening event for Fresh Impressions is from 7–9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Free and open to the public, the event features the Sho-jo-ji Japanese Dancers of Cleveland, who will perform at 6:30 and 8 p.m. in Libbey Court.

Clad in traditional kimono, they will perform folk and classical Japanese dances from the mid-1800s using brightly colored fans and delicate tissue-paper parasols to depict stories and moods.

In addition to seeing the exhibition that evening, visitors can take part in origami activities from 7–9 p.m. in Gallery 1 and see narrated Japanese tea ceremonies at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater. The tea ceremonies are being presented in partnership with the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit.

Fresh Impressions is on view Oct. 4, 2013–Jan. 1, 2014 in the Canaday Gallery. The free exhibition is made possible by members of the Toledo Museum of Art and supported in part by Bridgestone APM Company and by Douglas and Elaine Barr.

Information about more exhibition-related programs follows. All are open to the public and most programs are free (unless otherwise specified below).

Netsuke Installation

Oct. 4, Gallery 10

The Toledo Museum of Art’s collection of Japanese netsuke, one of the largest collections in the world, has been newly installed in its entirety. More than 500 of the miniature sculptures can be found in Gallery 10, adjacent to the Fresh Impressions exhibition. Netsuke are fasteners worn on Japanese kimonos. The TMA collection, notable for its research quality and craftsmanship, dates to Japan’s Edo Period (1615-1868). Made of ceramic, ivory, stag antler and various woods, the collection has been assembled in part from a gift from collector Richard Silverman.

Ebb & Flow: Cross-Cultural Prints

Oct. 11, 2013–Jan. 5, 2014, Works on Paper Gallery

Ebb & Flow: Cross-Cultural Prints explores the global influence of Japanese printmaking in the 20th century. Highlighting the exchange of ideas between Eastern and Western cultures, the exhibition consists of more than 100 works from the TMA collection and loans from other institutions. A digital exhibition catalogue can be viewed on the Museum’s website,

New Prints in the New World: The Rise of Japan’s Shin Hanga Movement and the TMA

Oct. 6: 3 p.m., Little Theater

The modern Japanese print movement exploded in North America during the 1920s. At its center were Arthur MacLean and Dorothy Blair, curators who built TMA’s Oriental Art department and created the blockbuster 1930 exhibition and catalog that firmly established the genre. This lecture traces their work and the legacy of the 1930 Toledo exhibition. Kendall Brown, Professor of Asian art history at California State Long Beach, brings us this discussion of the shin hanga movement and the Toledo Museum of Art’s role in its history.

Japanese Woodblock Printmaking

Nov. 21: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater

Contemporary Japan-trained woodblock print artist Paul Binnie will give an illustrated talk about the historical and technical aspects of woodblock printmaking in Japan from the 7th century to the present. In addition to discussing ukiyo-e (floating world pictures) of the 17th to 19th centuries, then 20th century developments, he will give a live demonstration of Japanese printing methods.

Japanese Woodblock Printing Workshop with Ebb & Flow Artist Paul Binnie

Nov. 23: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Nov. 24: Noon–4 p.m.

Artist Paul Binnie will teach a traditional Japanese woodblock printing workshop at the Toledo Museum of Art. A native of Scotland, Binnie began collecting Japanese woodblock prints in the late 1980s on a summer trip to Paris, and his extended stay in France allowed him to expand his collection and his knowledge of the subject. His desire to understand their methods of production prompted his move to Tokyo in 1993. Binnie lived in Japan for six years, working for several years with Doi-Hangaten head printer Seki Kenji, to develop his own block printing style. Since relocating to London in late 1998, he has worked in a variety of media. He travels to Japan regularly and exhibits his prints and paintings worldwide, often with galleries and dealers specializing in Japanese prints. Registration for this two-day workshop is required ($100 members/$120 nonmembers). Scholarships are available. For details, go to or call 419-255-8000.

FREE Drawing in the Galleries: Woodblock Prints

Nov. 29: 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m.

Guided by an experienced teacher, try your hand at using a charcoal pencil to create a simple drawing inspired by those seen in Fresh Impressions. No experience needed.

The Toledo Museum of Art is packed with special activities, many related to the Fresh Impressions exhibition, during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day (Dec. 26, 2013–Jan. 1, 2014). Check the Museum’s online calendar for a complete listing.

FREE Storytelling with Kamishibai

Dec. 26 and 27: 11 a.m.–1 p.m., 2–4 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.
Dec. 28: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–4 p.m.
Dec. 29: Noon–1 p.m. and 2–4 p.m.
Dec. 31 and Jan. 1: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–4 p.m.
Kamishibai, a traditional Japanese storytelling style, takes place every 15 minutes.

FREE The Art of Japanese Fashion Runway Show

Dec. 27: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Artists model their Japan-inspired clothing creations.

FREE Koto Player

Dec. 29: 3 p.m., Canaday Gallery
View the Fresh Impressions exhibition while Kathryn Henzler provides pleasant background music with the koto, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument.

A Fresh Approach: The Influence of Japan on European Decorative Arts in the 19th century

Oct. 18: 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court

Led by Jutta Page, curator of glass and decorative arts.

True and False Impressions

Oct. 20: 2 p.m., meet at Matisse Mural

Ed Hill, special projects assistant in the Chief Curator’s Office, offers a closer examination of 20th century Japanese woodblock prints.

Ebb & Flow Exhibition

Nov. 15: 7 p.m., meet at Matisse Mural

Tom Loeffler, assistant curator of works on paper, leads a tour of Ebb & Flow: Cross-Cultural Prints.

It Happened in Toledo!

Nov. 17: 2 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court

Chief Curator Carolyn Putney, who also is curator of Asian Art, leads a tour of Fresh Impressions.

Conservation & Fresh Impressions

Dec. 13: 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court

Suzanne Hargrove, head conservator of the Toledo Museum of Art, offers a look at Fresh Impressions from the conservation point of view.

Van Gogh, Degas and Japonisme

Dec. 15: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court

Larry Nichols, the William Hutton senior curator, European and American painting and sculpture before 1900, discusses the influence of Japan on 19th-century European artists.

Meet in Libbey Court
Oct. 4: 7 p.m.
Oct. 6: 2 p.m.
Oct. 11: 7 p.m.
Oct. 13: 2 p.m.
Oct. 19: 2 p.m.
Oct. 25: 7 p.m.
Nov. 23: 2 p.m.
Nov. 24: 2 p.m.
Nov. 30: 2 p.m.
Dec. 8: 2 p.m.
Dec. 20: 7 p.m.

Japanese Films(Manga): The Sky Crawlers

Nov. 7: 7 p.m., Little Theater

The Sky Crawlers is set in an alternative history where, although the world is at peace, in order to ease the tension of a populace accustomed to war and aggression, private corporations contract fighter pilots to engage in actual combat operations against each other. The 2008 film introduces a mystery involving Kildren, humanoids genetically designed to live eternally in adolescence. First published by Chuōkōron-shinsha in June 2001 and spanning five books, the series is unlike other works by Hiroshi Mori, noted for his series of mystery novels. This series is illustrated by manga artist Kenji Tsuruta and was adapted into an animated film, a video game and a manga series. (Japanese with English subtitles, 122 min.)

(Manga): Summer Wars

Nov. 14: 7 p.m., Little Theater

Kenji Koiso (Ryunosuke Kamiki), a timid 11th-grade math genius, and his friend Takashi Sakuma (Takahiro Yokokawa) are involved in the massive computer-simulated virtual reality world OZ. Falsely implicated in the hacking of a virtual world by a malicious artificial intelligence, Kenji must repair the harm and find a way to stop the rogue computer program from causing any further damage. The film won the 2010 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. (Japanese with English subtitles, 114 min.)

Seven Samurai

Dec. 6: 6 p.m., Little Theater

An adventure drama, Seven Samurai takes place in 1587 when a village of farmers hires seven masterless samurai to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops. Co-written, edited and directed by legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, the film classic seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative and unforgettable tale of courage and hope. (1954, 204 minutes, black and white)

FREE Family Center Activities
For children 10 years of age and younger accompanied by an adult, art activities in the Family
Center are made possible in part with support from The Andersons.

Japanese Sumi-e Painting!

Oct. 1 and 3: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Oct. 4: 3:30–8 p.m.

Experiment with black ink and brushes to create your own ink-wash painting on rice paper.

Cherry Blossoms!

Oct. 6: Noon–5 p.m.
Oct. 8 and 10: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Oct. 11: 3:30–8 p.m.

Cherry blossoms (sakura) are widely celebrated in Japanese culture. Create your own version using a variety of techniques.

Netsukes and Inros!

Oct. 13: Noon–5 p.m.
Oct. 15 and 17: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Oct. 18: 3:30–8 p.m.

Make your own miniature Japanese sculpture (netsuke) and decorative box (inro) to hold your belongings.

Ukiyo-e Prints!

Oct. 20: Noon–5 p.m.
Oct. 22 and 24: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Oct. 25: 3:30–8 p.m.

Create your own version of Japanese ukiyo-e (floating world) woodblock prints.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Eric Brotz

Oct. 25: 6–7 p.m.

Meet local artist Eric Brotz and learn how he creates works of art.

Kabuki Masks!

Oct. 27: Noon–5 p.m.
Oct. 29 and 31: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nov. 1: 3:30–8 p.m.

Paint your face or create a mask in the style of the Japanese kabuki theater.

Charcoal Drawings!

Nov. 3: Noon–5 p.m.
Nov. 5 and 7: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nov. 8: 3:30–8 p.m.

Use a charcoal pencil to create a simple drawing inspired by those seen in the Fresh Impressions exhibition.

Painting on Fabric!

Nov. 10: Noon–5 p.m.
Nov. 12 and 14: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nov. 15: 3:30–8 p.m.

Japanese artists create beautiful paintings on silk. Create your own version by painting on fabric.

Koinobori Flags!

Nov. 17: Noon–5 p.m.
Nov. 19 and 21: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nov. 22: 3:30–8 p.m.

Carp kites are traditionally flown on Children’s Day in Japan. Make your own carp kite to celebrate.

Japanese Mountainscapes and Seascapes!

Nov. 24: Noon–5 p.m.
Nov. 26 and 28: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nov. 29: 3:30–8 p.m.

The islands of Japan are surrounded by water and mountains. Use the Fresh Impressions exhibition for inspiration and make a mountainscape or seascape.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Brad Atherton

Nov. 29: 6–7 p.m.

On the last Friday of each month, local artists show how they create art in different mediums at the Family Center. This month Brad Atherton demonstrates different manga anime techniques. Experiment with pen and ink and create your own manga-inspired work of art.

Gyotaku Prints!

Dec. 1: Noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 3 and 5: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Dec. 6: 3:30–8 p.m.

Use fish replicas and paint as you discover the Japanese gyotaku (gyo “fish” + taku “slapping”) printmaking technique.

Japanese Fashion!

Dec. 8: Noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 10 and 12: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Dec. 13: 3:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

Create your own version of a kimono (a Japanese garment worn by men, women and children) and obi (sash).


Dec. 15: Noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 17 and 19: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Dec. 20: 3:30–8 p.m.

Suminagashi translated literally is “spilled ink.” Experiment with this Japanese marbleizing technique using ink and water.

Kamishibai (Paper Drama)!

Dec. 22: Noon–5 p.m., Family Center
Dec. 24: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Family Center
Dec. 26: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Rooms 103 and 105
Dec. 27: 3:30–8 p.m., Rooms 103 and 105

Make a stage and scenes for this Japanese storytelling technique.

Origami (Paper Folding)

Dec. 29: Noon–5 p.m.

Try the Japanese art of paper folding.

Note: Events are subject to change. Check the Museum’s online calendar for the latest information.


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