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Summer Breeze: The Fan in Japanese Prints

July 7 to September 9 | Leslie and Johanna Garfield Gallery

July 7 through September 9, 2012

In nineteenth-century Japan the fan not only provided relief from the oppressive heat, it became a fashionable representation of summer. In theaters, fans were associated with dramatic moments; on the streets people carried fans bearing the marks of favorite actors. The fan also had a special place in prints—artists depicted them in many scenes, and some prints were also designed to be cut and fit onto a standard bamboo fan framework. Drawn from the Chazen’s Van Vleck Collection, this exhibition offers a refreshing look at an icon.

June 19, 5:30 p.m.: Gallery talk by curator Andrew Stevens

Blog post about gunbai (battle fans) by curator Andrew Stevens

Image: Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858), A Bijin Holding a Hairpin, from the series Goose-borne Tidings, 1853, color woodcut, 9 1/4 x 11 5/8 in. John H. Van Vleck Endowment Fund purchase, 1999.111

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