23, No. 12, Jan. 22, 2004
In addition to “Beyond East and West: Seven Transnational Artists,”
two other new exhibitions open Jan. 23 at the Krannert Art Museum:
Performance: Japanese Theater Prints of the Utagawa School, 1790-1868.”
The exhibition provides visitors with a glimpse into Japanese art,
dress and values during the last century of the Edo period (1600-1868).
During this period, Japanese artists and print publishers celebrated
the world of Kabuki theater and its stars in richly colored, crafted
and composed prints that are highly prized today for their vibrant
originality. Curated by Ronald Toby, UI professor of anthropology
and of history, the exhibition includes 50 works of art, known as
Ukiyo-e, donated by the Utagawaha Foundation to the museum’s
Giertz Education Center.
Works XV: Bon Coiffure: Hair Signs from West Africa.”
The exhibition highlights the fact that in Africa “la coiffure”
– or “hairdressing” – is both an art and a
vocation that characterizes both ethnicity and individuality. The
show features a private collection of hairdressers’ commissioned,
hand-painted “hair signs”; African sculpture from the
museum’s permanent collection; and Carrie Mae Weems’ work
“Went Looking for Africa and Found It Tightly Woven in a Woman’s
run through March 21.
For information about events related to all three exhibitions, see the
Inside Illinois calendar or visit the museum’s Web