Monday, August 1, 2011

Final Week to See Two Great Exhibitions

This is the view looking up into the center of the spiral in Etsuko Ichikawa's installation at the UW Art Museum.

This is the final week to view two exhibitions at the UW Art Museum. Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865): Japanese Kabuki Portraits from the Art Museum Collection and Etsuko Ichikawa: NACHI - between the eternal and the ephemeral - will be open through Saturday.

Featured in the Rotunda Gallery, Kunisada's color woodblock prints of Japanese Kabuki theater actors are an important visual record of these individuals who might otherwise only be known by name today. While some of Kunisada's contemporaries such as Hokusai and Hiroshige might better known today, in 19th century Japan, Kunisada was regarded as one of the most prolific, profitably, and successful artists of the time.

Etsuko Ichikawa's installation, NACHI has been popular with visitors who enjoy the different atmosphere she has created in the gallery with the spiral of scorched cotton threads, audio components, video of dancers, and the 14 foot long pyrographs (drawings made from the mark of molten glass on paper). Ichikawa was inspired by the Nachi waterfall in Japan, which has been regarded as a shrine for generations.

Come visit the Art Museum before these two exhibitions close! We're open 10 am - 5 pm today through Saturday and admission is always free!

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