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2016

2016 Exhibitions

HANGA NOW: Contemporary Japanese printmakers

Sept. 23, 2016 - Dec. 18, 2016

Surveying contemporary Japanese printmakers working in a wide range of techniques, including color woodblocks, etchings, mezzotints, lithographs, and screenprints, HANGA NOW highlights the artists’ diversity, creativity, and sensitivity to materials. These contemporary artists are successors to Japan’s early 20th century sōsaku hanga (creative print) movement. Inspired by the Western approach to original prints in which the artist executes every stage – from design of the image and preparation and inking of the matrix to final printing on paper in a limited edition – this movement diverged from the traditional process of creating ukiyo-e prints and 20th-century shin-hanga (new print) works, which involved collaboration among separate designers, block carvers, printers, and publishers.

Prints in this exhibition range from abstract to representational, but share the reverence for materials and exquisite craftsmanship that characterizes Japanese art from all periods. Many of the artists – even those who adopt an abstract style – treat such traditional Japanese themes as nature and the four seasons. Although the primary focus of HANGA NOW is on prints executed in the last 25 years (1990 – 2015), it also includes works by the generation of artists who studied with or were influenced by the first masters of sōsaku hanga. Major artists in the exhibition include TAMEKANE Yoshikatsu, IWAMI Reika, SHINODA Toko, IMAMURA Yoshio, NAKAZAWA Shin’ichi, and HAMANISHI Katsunori.

In conjunction with HANGA NOW, artist TAMEKANE Yoshikatsu will visit from Japan on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 to demonstrate printing techniques, including shading with water-based inks (bokashi), application of metallic leaf, and embossing, all of which he uses in his own work. This demonstration is supported in part by Emi Asano. The Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph will also host a Family Day with exhibition-related activities for children and adults on Oct. 16, 2016 from 1-3 p.m., as well as two Gallery Talks – one on Oct. 6 and another on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m.

HANGA NOW is supported in part by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, the IFPDA Foundation, the Karen L. Chase ’97 Fund, and Toshiko Uchino.

CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION II: POINTS OF INTERSECTION BETWEEN THE AMERICAS AND EUROPE

April 1, 2016 - June 5, 2016

This exhibition continues our year-long discussion of Latin American art and further explores the visual dialogue between the Americas and Europe and how it contributed to the innovative and experimental nature of modernism. This exhibition will feature recent acquisitions by Antonio Martorell and José Mijares from the Museum’s 2015 Purchase Party. Continuing the Conversation will also feature an Enrique Chagoya codex of special interest in honor of his visit to campus to present the 2016 Vincenza Uccello Fine Arts Lecture (April 20).

Money Matters: Thomas Nast on the Economy

April 1, 2016 - June 5, 2016

This exhibition features wood engravings by renowned artist Thomas Nast drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. Nast, known as the godfather of American political cartooning, wielded his influence on some of the most significant issues of the 19th century. Numerous economic challenges faced the U.S. in the 1870s and 1880s, among them a Wall Street collapse, a long depression, labor disputes, and conflict over paper money and inflation – and Thomas Nast addressed them all in the pages of Harper’s Weekly. This exhibition, which celebrates the inauguration of President Rhona Free, Ph.D. in economics, examines Nast’s trenchant commentary on the economic controversies of his day.

Continuing the Conversation I: Points of Intersection between the Americas and Europe

Jan. 15, 2016 - March 20, 2016

This exhibition continues our year-long discussion of Latin American art and further explores the visual dialogue between the Americas and Europe and how it contributed to the innovative and experimental nature of modernism. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition focuses primarily on Mexican artists including, Carlos Mérida, Andrea Gomez, and Jose Orozco in conversation with Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Motherwell among others.

Small Faces: Diminutive Portraiture

Jan. 15, 2016 – March 20, 2106

This exhibition features small scale American and European paintings and prints. Of particular interest are early 20th century miniature portraits by Elsie Dodge Pattee, which are on long-term loan to the Museum from the artist’s family. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection the exhibition also includes work by Rembrandt, Mary Cassatt, James Whistler, and others.

This exhibition continues our year-long discussion of Latin American art andfurther explores the visual dialogue between the Americas and Europe and how it contributed to the innovative and experimental nature of modernism. This exhibition will feature recent acquisitions by Antonio Martorell and José Mijares from the Museum’s 2015 Purchase Party. Continuing the Conversation will also feature an Enrique Chagoya codex of special interest in honor of his visit to campus to present the 2016 Vincenza Uccello Fine Arts Lecture (April 20).

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