A Sense of Place · Modern Japanese Prints

April 10 – June 21, 2015

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The subject of “famous places” was one of the most influential topics in the development of landscape imagery in Japan and was initially linked to courtly poetry practices that named and praised significant sites. By the later eighteenth century, savvy commercial publishers adapted the theme to create a new set of famous locales in the city of Edo and more distant must-see destinations. Later, modern print artists referenced the landscape tradition established in ukiyo-e prints when they selected famous sites for their own work, some reflecting the changes of the twentieth century, some promoting sites of national importance, and still others reimagining what constituted “landscape” and the “famous place” in Japan as well as in the world beyond. This exhibition brings together twentieth-century prints on this theme, with works selected from the holdings of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Library, and private collections. This exhibition is the culmination of a Curatorial Seminar taught by Professor Julie Davis and in collaboration With the Arthur Ross Gallery. Pictures from the opening reception, click on image to see slide show:   A SENSE OF PLACE: MODERN JAPANESE PRINTS @ Arthur Ross Gallery – Opening Reception Symposium – “A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Prints in Context” Event Date:Sat, 04/18/2015 – 9:005:00 Event Location: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Van Pelt Library, 6th Floor, University of Pennsylvania Symposium – “A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Prints in Context” Date: April 18, 2015 Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Venue: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Van Pelt Library, 6th floor, University of Pennsylvania This symposium will bring together scholars from around the country to put modern Japanese prints into the broader historical, social, and artistic contexts that shaped the work of Japanese printmakers throughout the twentieth century.  It will also include a special roundtable session with collectors and dealers specializing in modern Japanese prints. More details about the symposium can be found at: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/japanese_prints.html Curators: Julie Nelson Davis, Associate Professor, History of Art Quintana Heathman and Jeannie Kenmotsu, doctoral candidates, History of Art With assistance from students in two curatorial seminars