Oct. 4, 2013–Jan. 1, 2014
During the 1930s the Toledo Museum of Art introduced modern Japanese prints to American audiences with two landmark exhibitions. These seminal shows featured the works of 15 contemporary Japanese artists who had revived the traditional art of the woodblock print for a new era. Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints reassembles and reinterprets the 1930 show and adds companion objects depicted in the prints such as kimono, Kabuki costumes, and samurai swords.
The Museum owns all but five of the 343 prints displayed in the exhibition, due to the generosity of local business leader H.D. Bennett. Fresh Impressions stresses the importance of the early 20th-century resurgence of woodblock printmaking in Japan—a phenomenon known as the shin hanga (“new print”) movement that combined traditional technique with Western inspiration—and showcases the Museum’s role in popularizing the genre in the United States and Japan. Free admission.
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Supported in part by Douglas and Elaine Barr.
Oct. 4, 2013 | 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 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 craftmanship, 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 explores the global influence of Japanese printmaking in the 20th century. Highlighting the exchange of ideas between Eastern and Western cultures. Ebb & Flow consists of approximately 60 works from the TMA collection and loans from other institutions. A free digital exhibition catalog is also available.
The Art of Japanese Fashion
Aug. 23-Dec. 27, 2013 | Community Gallery
Garments created by community clothing artists challenged to create looks informed by the Japanese aesthetic will be on display. The exhibition culminates in a first-of-its-kind TMA Japanese fashion runway show (free admission) on December 27 in the Community Gallery.
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 was Arthur MacLean and Dorothy Blair, curators who built the 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. Free admission.
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. Free admission.
Japanese Woodblock Printing Workshop with Ebb & Flow Artist Paul Binnie
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 the methods of their 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, developing 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 is required ($100 members/$120 nonmembers). Scholarships are available. For details, go to toledomuseum.org/learn/classes/ or call 419-255-8000.
FREE Drawing in the Galleries: Woodblock Prints
Nov. 29: 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m.
Great Art Escape
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
Kamishibai, a traditional Japanese storytelling style, takes place every 15 minutes.
Dec. 26 and Dec. 27: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2–4 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.,
Dec. 28: 11 a.m. to 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. to 1 p.m. and 2–4 p.m.
FREE The Art of Japanese Fashion
Dec. 27: 7 p.m. | Community Gallery
Artists model their clothing creations inspired by Japan.
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.
FREE ‘Inspired by Japan’ Gallery Talks
A Fresh Approach: The Influence of Japan on European Decorative Arts in the 19th century
Oct. 18: 7 p.m. | Meet in Libbey Court
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.
FREE Public Tours
All tours begin 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.
(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 eleventh-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.)
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!
Experiment with black ink and brushes to create your own ink-wash painting on rice paper.
Oct. 1 and Oct. 3: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 4: 3:30-8 p.m.
Cherry blossoms (sakura) are widely celebrated in Japanese culture. Create your own version using a variety of techniques.
Oct. 6: Noon–5 p.m.
Oct. 8 and 10: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 11: 3:30 to 8 p.m.
Netsukes and Inros!
Make your own miniature Japanese sculpture (netsuke) and decorative box (inro) to hold your belongings.
Oct. 13: Noon–5 p.m.
Oct. 15 and 17: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Oct. 18: 3:30 to 8 p.m.
Create your own version of Japanese ukiyo-e (floating world) woodblock prints.
Oct. 20: Noon to 5 p.m.
Oct. 22 and Oct. 24: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Oct. 25: 3:30–8 p.m.
Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Eric Brotz
Oct. 25: 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. Meet local artist Eric Brotz and learn how he creates works of art.
Paint your face or create a mask in the style of the Japanese kabuki theater.
Oct. 27: Noon–5 p.m.
Oct. 29 and Oct. 31: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 1: 3:30–8 p.m.
Use a charcoal pencil to create a simple drawing inspired by those seen in the Fresh Impressions exhibition.
Nov. 3: Noon–5 p.m.
Nov. 5 and Nov. 7: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 8: 3:30–8 p.m.
Painting on Fabric!
Japanese artists create beautiful paintings on silk. Create your own version by 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.
Carp kites are traditionally flown on Children’s Day in Japan. Make your own carp kite to celebrate children.
Nov. 17: Noon–5 p.m.
Nov. 19 and Nov. 21: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 22: 3:30 to 8 p.m.
Japanese Mountainscapes and Seascapes!
The islands of Japan are surrounded by water and mountains. Use the Fresh Impressions exhibition for inspiration and make a mountainscape or seascape.
Nov. 24: Noon–5 p.m.
Nov. 26 and Nov. 28: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 29: 3:30 to 8 p.m.
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.
Use fish replicas and paint as you discover the Japanese gyotaku (gyo ”fish” + taku “slapping”) printmaking technique.
Dec. 1: Noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 3 and Dec. 5: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 6: 3:30 to 8 p.m.
Create your own version of a kimono (a Japanese garment worn by men, women and children) and obi (sash).
Dec. 8: Noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 10 and Dec. 12: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 13: 3:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Suminagashi translated literally is “spilled ink.” Experiment with this Japanese marbleizing technique using ink and water.
Dec. 15: Noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 17 and Dec. 19: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 20: 3:30–8 p.m.
Kamishibai (Paper Drama)!
Make a stage and scenes for this Japanese storytelling technique.
Dec. 22: Noon–5 p.m., Family Center
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Family Center
Dec. 26: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rooms 103 and 105
Dec. 27: 3:30–8 p.m., Rooms 103 and 105
Origami (Paper Folding)
Dec. 29: Noon to 5 p.m.
Try the Japanese art of paper folding.
Events are subject to change. Check the Museum’s online calendar for the latest information at www.toledomuseum.org.