Lecture: Location: Echols Studio
Saturday, June 1; 11am-3pm
TUITION: Members: $67; Non-members: $97
Japanese woodblock prints, Ukiyo-e, greatly influenced European artists in the later 19th c. Ukiyo-e by Hiroshige and Hokusai depicting landscape are well known, but a genre lesser known in the west but wildly popular in Japan was Yakusha-e (actors portraits). During the Edo period (1603-1868), Ukiyo-e artists produced many dramatic portraits of famous actors in the extravagantly visual Kabuki theater. These prints were used for publicity like today’s movie posters. Kabuki theater, still one of the most popular performing arts in Japan, was started by a woman in early 17th c. Kyoto. The historical and cultural background of Kabuki theater and Ukiyo-e prints, and this fascinating partnership of performing and visual arts will be explored
through visual presentation.