UA Art Historian Presents Lecture on Japanese and Contemporary Woodblock Prints

Dr. Doris Sung

Assistant Professor Dr. Doris Sung will present a lecture on the current SMGA exhibition, Women of Mokuhanga, on Thursday, November 9, at 4:00 p.m., in Gorgas Library’s Yellowhammer Room (2nd floor).

In her talk, “What Is in the Names Mokuhanga and Ukiyo-e?“, Dr. Sung will explore the subject matter and meanings of the historical Japanese woodblock prints and the contemporary practice of the mokuhanga art form. Travel back through time with her to the 18th and 19th centuries and experience the vibrant urban culture of the city of Edo (present-day Tokyo) through these prints. She will also discuss the contemporary works by the five women artists and make connections between the works and the historical prints in the exhibition.

Keisai Eisen (Japanese, 1790-1848), “Shower at Eitai Bridge,” from the series “Comparison of Charms at Famous Places in Edo,” woodblock print, 15 x 10 inches, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, P90.29.

Women of Mokuhanga is co-curated by Sarah Marshall, professor of printmaking, and Doris Sung, professor of Asian art history, of the department of art and art history, and features works in the Japanese method of mokuhanga (watercolor woodblock printmaking) by contemporary artists and traditional works in the medium, connecting its history with the vibrant output of women artists working today.

The exhibition features work by five celebrated contemporary women printmakers—Katie Baldwin, Jennifer Mack-Watkins, Yoonmi Nam, Lucy May Schofield, and April Vollmer—along with historical examples of mokuhanga: 19th-century ukiyo-e prints from the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Permanent Collection and the Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price Asian Art Book Collection. Read more about the exhibition, which will be up through November 30 in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, Garland Hall.

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