Monday, April 1, 2013
Following record-breaking attendance at the show’s premiere presentation at the Japan Society Galleries in New York City last year, ASI’s riveting exhibition, DECO JAPAN: Shaping Art and Culture 1920-1945 (see Current Touring Exhibitions), traveled to Sarasota, Florida, for an extended showing at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. There, more than 65,000 visitors took in the display of over 200 evocative objects (below) and attended public programs ranging from lectures on Moga: The Modern Girl and The Culture of Objects to a Japanese film series and a demonstration of ikebana floral arranging.
Residents of nearby St. Petersburg, Florida, travelled city streets in a specially “DECOrated” public bus, seen below with one of its first riders – Ringling Museum Director Stephen High.
More recently, DECO JAPAN opened at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, where an evening’s entertainment entitled The Jazz Age Experience charmed visitors to the exhibition (below).
From the Albuquerque Local IQ:
• "The exhibit does nothing if not envelop the Japanese spirit of the time, as it reveals a distinct Japanese modernism that encompasses both the spirit of the nation's unique history and its cosmopolitanism."
From the Albuquerque Museum’s visitor log:
• "Every piece is exquisite. It is a revelation for all of us who know Art Deco, but not Art Deco in Japan."
• "An original, illuminating idea for an exhibit. Thanks for an exhilarating show -- makes me think of the influence of Japanese art on Parisians 1890s on."
Following its presentation in Albuquerque, the exhibition will travel to the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida; the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina; the Seattle Art Museum in Washington; and the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio.
For information on hosting the exhibition in 2015, please contact Douglas Shawn, Deputy Director, Exhibitions, at dshawn@ASIexhibitions.org or 703-548-4554.