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Saturday, May 21, 2022


Exhibition Public - USA & Canada

Strike a Pose: Kabuki Theater Prints from the Dominique H. Vasseur Collection

Allen Memorial Art Museum
87 North Main Street,
Oberlin, Ohio, USA
Jan 18, 2022 To Jul 17, 2022


Detail: Strike a Pose features more than 20 color woodblock prints by two Japanese masters of the art: Utagawa Kunisada I (later Utagawa Tokokuni III) and Toyohara Kunichika. All are promised gifts from Oberlin College alumnus Dominique H. Vasseur ’73. The prints were made in part as advertisements for kabuki plays, capturing moments of high drama and the often exaggerated poses known as mie 見ㄸ. Kabuki arose from the vibrant popular culture of the Edo period (1603–1868) and performances combined the spectacle of a grand opera with the excitement of a Hollywood blockbuster, entertaining audiences in Japan from the 1600s to today.

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Site URL: https://amam.oberlin.edu/exhibitions-events/exhibitions/2022/01/18/strike-a-pose-kabuki-theater-prints-from-the-dominique-h-vasseur-collection

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