This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the UBC Asian Library and constitutes one of the many events planned in conjunction with the program "ODORI: The World of Kabuki Dance" at the Frederic Wood Theatre on April 10 & 11 as well as being included as an official part of the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Festival (www.explorasian.org).
Drawing from private local print collections supplemented by art historical publications from the UBC Library collection, the exhibition features 13 original 19th century woodblock prints by Utagawa School print designers Utagawa Hiroshige, Utagawa Toyokuni, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Utagawa Kunisada, and Toyohara Kunichika. Through them, it examines the relationships between play and print, censor and censored, designer and publisher that were the driving forces in the Japanese print industry at the end of the Edo period.
A complete list of the prints featured in this exhibition is available for download by clicking here: ["Kabuki in Print" object list]
I am grateful to the Canadian Society for Asian Arts, the UBC Asian Library, and the various lenders, whose generous support has made this exhibition possible.
For those in the area, please do drop by and see the exhibition, which is free and open to the public during the library's open hours.