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Japanese woodblock prints to be on display at Morningside College

September 5, 2018, in Latest News, History

Greg P. Guelcher, a professor at Morningside College who specializes in Asian history, will have examples from his collection of Japanese woodblock prints on display Monday, Sept. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Helen Levitt Art Gallery in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave., on the Morningside College campus.

Guelcher will give a presentation about the exhibit at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. There will be a reception in the Eppley lobby at 6 p.m. Sept. 20.

Ukiyo-e: Japan’s Floating World as Seen Through Original Woodblock Prints” is an exhibit of woodblock prints from the late Tokugawa period (1603-1868) and early Meiji (1868-1912) periods by such notable Japanese ukiyo-e masters as Utamaro, Hiroshige, Toyokuni I, Kunisada, Yoshitoshi and Kiyochika.  

The prints have been personally selected and researched by Guelcher, who has been learning about and collecting ukiyo-e for more than three decades.

In addition to a brief explanation of the form and function of Japanese woodblock prints, each print in the exhibition is identified by artist, publisher, date of publication and subject matter. It also covers a representative range of traditional ukiyo-e genres, such as beautiful women, Kabuki drama, sumo wrestlers, scenic sites and images taken from Japanese history and mythology.  

The Eppley Art Gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on the following Saturdays: Sept. 22 and 29; Oct. 6, 13 and 27; and Nov. 3, 10 and 17.