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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Exhibition Public - USA & Canada

Ballroom Florida: Deco & Desire in Japan's Jazz Age

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road,
Sarasota, Florida, USA
Mar 19, 2022 To Sep 25, 2022

Detail: Ballroom Florida was the most dazzling of Tokyo’s jazz-age dance halls. A new kind of venue in Japan in the 1920s–30s, dance halls offered a stylish space for young people to hear the latest music performed by live bands, practice dance steps with a skilled partner, and mix with like-minded peers.

Established in 1928, the Florida surpassed competitors with its capacious Art Deco interior, top-tier jazz musicians from Japan and abroad, and alluring “taxi dancers” — professional dancers employed as partners for clientele. The Florida attracted the patronage of Tokyo’s cultural and economic elites, and served as muse to writers, film makers and artists.

This exhibition celebrates a recent gift of six paintings by Enomoto Chikatoshi (1898–1973) and a photograph by Hamaya Hiroshi (1915–1999) from Mary and Robert Levenson depicting the women of the Florida and its chic décor. The exhibition is augmented with loans that elaborate on themes that define this group of artworks: Art Deco design, the exotic, and elegant pleasures.

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