March 24, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
With Andrew Stevens, Retired Distinguished Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin
After 220 years of isolation, Japan opened its borders to international trade after 1853. A wave of enthusiasm for all things Japanese overtook Europe and America, and in the flood of the new exports from Japan were eye-catching, colorful woodblock prints. Though inexpensive, these prints were exquisitely made, and their sophisticated but playful compositions attracted artists and collectors fascinated by the Japanese artists’ perspective on the world. In 2018 and 2019, Andrew Stevens (ISU classes of ‘78 and ‘80) surveyed over 200 Japanese prints donated to the Iowa State University Museums over the years. Stevens will use examples from the permanent collection to introduce audiences to these beguiling works of art, discussing who made the prints, how they were made, and how the prints transformed from the 1800s to the early 1900s.
Program made possible by the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program.