The Digital Scholarship Group is pleased to announce the newest exhibit on our touch table, For Everything, There is a Season: Japanese Woodprints in the Ukiyo-e Style.
The exhibit draws from the Burns Library’s stunning collection of Japanese prints. Featuring twenty prints, the selection highlights woodblock print art from the 17th-19th century Ukiyo-e period in Japanese art. This period focused on the “floating world”— “the emerging culture of pleasure, parties, and a preoccupation with the present moment” —of cultural elites, such as sumo wrestlers, kabuki actors, and courtesans (6). The chosen images depict a transition from abundant snow, to torrential downpours, to, finally, the blooming of cherry blossoms.
Come visit the exhibit, available on the 3rd floor lobby of O’Neill Library and in the lobby of the Burns Library! A special thank you to Ayoola White, our ARL Mosaic intern, for coordinating the exhibit.
Header image: Eizan Kikukawa, Three Fashionable Beauties Cooling Off in the Evening, woodblock print, ink and color on paper, circa 1814-1817. Box 2, Folder 9, Japanese Prints Collection, MS.2013.043, John J.Burns Library, Boston College.