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Explore the roles of art, design, and display in Japanese-American relations through the lens of major international expositions held in the Americas and at Japan’s first world’s fair
Ithaca, NY — The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University presents JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876–1970, on view from August 27 to December 18, 2016.
Focusing on Japan’s place in major international exhibitions held in the Americas from 1876 onward, and finishing with a look at Japan’s first world’s fair held in Osaka in 1970, JapanAmerica explores the roles of art, design, and display in Japanese-American relations through a carefully selected group of objects, multimedia components, and original scholarship. Particularly important is the reexamination of the “Japan craze” itself, most often discussed in the context of decorative arts and interior decor. The duration of its popularity was surprisingly long-lived, attesting to the West’s thirst for novelty and its ability to adapt Japanese aesthetics to vastly different styles.
This exhibition draws from major public and private collections around the country with examples in all media chosen to explicate this close association between Japanese art and work produced in the United States between 1876 and 1970, including paintings, prints, decorative arts, and sculpture.
• On Thursday, October 13 at 5:15 p.m., Janice Katz, the Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss the Ho-o-den building at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in conjunction with this exhibition. The Findlay Family Lecture on American Art is funded by a generous gift from the Findlay Family Foundation.