August 15, 2006
An exhibition of 19th Century Japenese woodblock prints will be on display in the Morningside College Levitt Art Gallery, 3625 Garretson Avenue, from Aug. 28 to Oct. 1.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the art gallery.
“Ukiyo-e: Form and Function in Classical Japanese Woodblock Prints – An Exhibition!” is a collection of 16 ukiyo-e woodblock prints from the personal collection of Dr. Greg Guelcher, associate professor of history and political science at Morningside.
The term “ukiyo-e” is generally synonymous with bold, colorful woodblock prints from Japan. The woodblock print became common in Japan by the middle of the 18th Century.
“The exhibition covers a range of traditional subject matter, including important persons and events from Japanese history and legend, popular festivals, Sumo wrestlers, Geisha, and Kabuki theater,” Guelcher said.
The collection of original prints covers a wide range of well-known and popular artists, primarily from the late Tokugawa (1603-1868) and early Meiji (1868-1912) periods. The artists represented in the exhibition include Hiroshige, Kunisada I, Kunisada II, Yoshitora, Yoshitoshi, Kunichika, Kiyochika, and Chikanobu.