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Alumnus brings his expertise in Japanese art back to campus for upcoming exhibition

Posted on 03/18/2019 at 04:32 PM by Betsy Grabinski

Even with the Brunnier Art Museum currently closed, University Museum staff is developing future exhibitions years in advance to their opening. Scheduled for the first half of 2020, the exhibitionContemplate Japan will fill the Brunnier with prints, baskets, floral arrangements, kimonos, ceramics and contemporary sculpture.

Part of the development process entails reviewing the current collection and deciding which items will be on display. This week, UM welcomed print, drawing and photograph expert Andrew Stevens. He looked at prints from the permanent collection and on display at The Knoll.

"Drew's purpose was to review and authenticate prints from the Japanese Permanent collection," said Director and Chief Curator Lynette Pohlman. "He is also helping with the development of the Contemplate Japan exhibition and will author thematic text based on his many years of research."

Stevens recently retired after thirty years of service at the Chazen Museum of Art at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Stevens earned a BA and an MA in English from Iowa State University. He earned an MA in Art History from the University of Kansas and began work at the Chazen that same year.

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