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Prints from the Floating World

November 10, 2020, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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Brunnier Art Museum


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 University Museums over the years. Stevens, who is the Retired Distinguished Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, 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. 

Know Before You Go - Programs / Events

In-person programs will be offered, however they will be limited to 10 people, unless otherwise noted. Attendees must pre-register via the online calendar system; online registration for fall programs will open on Monday, August 3 at 10:00 AM. Registration spots are first come, first served; however there will be a waiting list in case there is a cancellation. This attendance cap will be reevaluated throughout the semester to respond to current safety measures.

Masks are required for all program attendees per Iowa State University policy. Seating will be placed 6 feet apart and we kindly ask that all attendees respect physical distancing. Chairs will be cleaned both before and after the program. Hand sanitizers will be available at the entrance to each museum. Many in-person programs will be recorded to allow those who are unable to attend to participate online at a later date.

University Museums cannot guarantee an environment free of the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Visiting University Museums includes possible exposure to and serious illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to COVID-19. Attend/visit at your own risk. University Museums does recognize the possibility of a second outbreak and that things may change. The University Museums and ISU emergency teams will monitor this closely and facilities may have to close again. University Museums may make very quick decisions on shutdowns or cancellations due to capacity concerns, health precautions, staffing and occupancy-related considerations.

This program is made possible through the Kathy and John Howell Art Enrichment Program.

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