Japanese Art of the Edo Period (1615–1868) and Beyond

August 27, 2016 to August 20, 2017

This rotation focuses on Japanese woodblock prints, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, lacquers, and netsuke dating primarily from the Edo period (1615–1868), a time of peace and great artistic diversity. Historic examples are juxtaposed with selected earlier and later Japanese objects, ranging from Heian-period (794–1185) calligraphy to early twentieth century propaganda textiles, a Japanese Friendship Doll, and cutting-edge contemporary art. This installation provides visual source material for 2016–17 art history courses, including one taught collaboratively by Professor Akiko Walley and JSMA curator Anne Rose Kitagawa in which students will help to plan a future special exhibition.