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JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876 – 1970 –– the Crocker Art Museum

Categorized as: Art & Galleries
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  • Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Starting on: 02/12/2017
  • Ending on: 05/21/2017
  • 10:00AM
  • Varies - see website for details
  • (916) 808-7000
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Description:

This February, the Crocker Art Museum will present JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876 – 1970, a beautiful and diverse display of nearly 200 works of art and design that have played a role in artistic exchange between the two cultures.

Focusing on Japan’s place in major exhibitions held on the American continent from 1876 onward, and finishing with a look at the first Japanese World’s Fair in Osaka in 1970, JapanAmerica examines the influence of Japanese aesthetics on painting and printmaking, ceramics and metalwork, graphic design, advertising, bookbinding, and illustration.

The show also features Japanese objects of industry that were influenced by the West, highlighting the pride that Japanese makers took in adopting Western forms and manufacturing techniques while retaining the high level of craftsmanship and detail for which they were famous.

In addition to art and beautiful craftwork, the works on view in JapanAmerica highlight objects of innovative industrial design, fashion, and tourism promotion, reflecting Japan’s evolving priorities relating to cultural exchange and diplomacy through the decades.

JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876 – 1970 will be on view at the Crocker Art Museum February 12 – May 21, 2017. The exhibition was organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and is accompanied by a beautifully illustrated, 296-page scholarly catalogue.

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