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"The Japanese Journey: 'Traveling Images’ of Edo-period Japan"
2002-06-04 until 2002-06-29 then 2002-09-03 until 2002-09-28
Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the Clark Center
USA United States of America
Hanford, California: At a time when nearly one hundred Japanese masterpieces from the Lee Institute Permanent Collection have ‘traveled’ back to their original home for a one-year five-museum tour, ‘traveling images’ seem the perfect theme for an exhibition at the Lee Institute.
The Japanese government of the Edo period (1615-1868) placed tight controls on travel both within and to and from Japan. By the end of the 17th century, however, the roads were positively teeming with travelers, and foreign influence was spreading throughout the land from the remote trading port of Nagasaki.
Using works from or related to the period, this exhibition explores travel’s role in Edo-period pictorial arts. The title phrase ‘traveling images’ refers both to
images of real travel, and to the journey of pictorial styles and themes between different countries, ages, and even between members of the same artistic school.
Among the best-loved ‘traveling images’ of Edo-period Japan are wood-block prints of travel by Hiroshige. The Institute is pleased to exhibit a selection of these, on loan from the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. Also showcased will be a newly acquired folding screen, and paintings on long-term loan from the Carol Brooks Collection and the Addiss-Seo Collection of Nanga Art, along with rarely seen works from the Lee Institute Permanent Collection.
The Lee Institute holds a superb collection of significant Japanese screen and scroll paintings, sculptures, and art objects ranging in date from the 8th to the 20th centuries. It is considered one of the finest collections of its kind in the United States.
The Institute is located 6 miles south of Hanford at 15770 Tenth Avenue. The gallery and reference library are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Docent tours of the exhibition are held each Saturday at 1:00 pm. The Institute is closed through July and August. Special docent-led group tours can be arranged in advance by calling (559) 582-4915. Admission is free.