JapanAmerica: Points of Contact

Mon, March 20 2017
The Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street

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The Crocker Art Museum takes a thematic approach for spring with three shows examining the impact of Japanese art and culture on the United States from the 19th century to present.

• Jan. 22-May 5: “Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics From the Horvitz Collection” focuses on the technical virtuosity of Japanese ceramics in in refined and innovative works by 40 artists, many of whom are Japan’s greatest modern ceramists, including Hamada Shoji, one of the founders of the Japanese Folk Art Movement and internationally acclaimed female clay artists working in a field that was traditionally not open to them until after World War II.

• Feb. 12-May 21: “JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876-1970” features nearly 200 works of art and design examining the influence of Japanese aesthetics on American culture through major exhibitions in America from 1876 onward, finishing with a look at the first Japanese World’s Fair held in Osaka in 1970. Also on view are Japanese industrial objects that were influenced by the West that used Western forms and manufacturing techniques while retaining the high level of craftsmanship and detail for which they were famous.

• Feb. 19-May 14: “Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank” presents documentary images of the internment and incarceration of Japanese Americans in the United States and Canada after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This moving and historically important exhibition, which opens 75 years to the day Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 incarcerating 120,000 Japanese Americans in camps scattered throughout the American West, is particularly relevant today. Coinciding with the show’s opening, the Crocker will host a “Day of Remembrance” at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 to honor the resilience of Japanese Americans in the camps.

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