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The Women of Shin Hanga

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The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints

April 6 through July 28, 2013

In an attempt to revive traditional Japanese woodblock prints, artists of the shin hanga (new print) movement were forced to reconcile approaches to female subjects developed over the previous two centuries with the impact of modernity on both women and the arts in early-twentieth-century Japan. To ensure the contemporary relevancy of their work, the subjects they depicted ranged between deeply conservative and highly provocative conceptions of femininity, with demure, self-effacing geisha representing the former and so-called modern girls, known for their Westernized appearance and morally suspect lifestyles, representing the latter. By retaining production methods honed by their predecessors, they cultivated audiences in Japan and America who appreciated the unique legacies of the Japanese woodblock print tradition. These strategies successfully ensured a place for shin hanga depictions of women in an environment where new print media and styles imported from the West competed with Japan's most treasured visual traditions. The results of their efforts are amply apparent in this exhibition. With ninety woodblock prints from the Judith and Joseph Barker Collection, The Women of Shin Hanga showcases two and a half centuries of Japanese print designers' engagement with female subjects.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and was generously supported by Yoko Otani Homma and Shunichi Homma M.D., Class of 1977, the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund, and the Eleanor Smith Fund.

Press Release

Press Coverage: Click here to read the Dartmouth Now announcement. Exhibition reviews: The Dartmouth -- The New York Sun -- The Valley News -- The Union Leader

Read the feature in the spring 2013 Hood Quarterly.

Exhibition Catalogue

Shin Hanga Catalogue Cover

Edited by Allen Hockley, with contributions by Kendall H. Brown, Allen Hockley, and Nozomi Naoi. Distributed by University Press of New England. Published 2013, 280 pages, softcover. Available at the Museum Shop or through our distributor, University Press of New England.

Related Events

5 April, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Hood Museum of Art Auditorium
OPENING LECTURE AND RECEPTION
"Who Are the Women of Shin Hanga?"
Allen Hockley, Associate Professor of Art History, Dartmouth College, and curator of The Women of Shin Hanga: The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints
A reception will follow in Kim Gallery. This event is supported by the Hood Museum of Art's Museum Lecture Series Fund.


18 April, Thursday, 12:30 p.m.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
"When Tradition Encounters Modernity"
Allen Hockley, Associate Professor of Art History, Dartmouth College, and curator of The Women of Shin Hanga: The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints


20 April, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
TOUR
The Women of Shin Hanga: The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints


24 April, Wednesday, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
ADULT WORKSHOP
Exploring Japanese Woodblock Prints
This discussion-based workshop introduces participants to the beauty and complexity of Japanese woodblock prints. Our exploration of these prints will take us from eighteenth-and nineteenth-century traditional ukiyo-e depictions of heroic and historical narratives and landscapes to early-twentieth-century shin hanga prints that capture the idealized beauty of Japanese women. In the studio, we will experiment with simple printmaking techniques to create our own prints. No previous art experience necessary. Space is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 by April 22 to register.


26 April, Friday, 5:00 p.m.
Hood Museum of Art Auditorium
LECTURE
"Modern Girls, Eternal Spring?"
Kathleen Uno, Associate Professor, History Department Chair, Asian Studies Program, Temple University


4 May, Saturday, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
FAMILY WORKSHOP
Japanese Woodblock Prints
Travel to Japan and discover fabulous Japanese woodblock prints. Using activities in the galleries, we'll explore these prints, which feature heroic stories, beautiful women, and dramatic landscapes. In the studio, we'll make our own prints using simple printmaking techniques. This workshop is for children ages 6–10 and their adult companions. Participation is limited. Please call (603) 646- 1469 to register.


18 May, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
TOUR
The Women of Shin Hanga: The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints


29 May, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Second-floor galleries
BOOK DISCUSSION AND SPOTLIGHT TOUR
Tanizaki Junichiro's Naomi, translated by Anthony H. Chambers
Howe Library and the Hood Museum of Art partner to host a discussion of this important Japanese literary work, and participants will also have a spotlight tour of the exhibition The Women of Shin Hanga with curator Allen Hockley, Associate Professor of Art History. Space is limited to 16 participants, and those interested should pre-register with Howe Library starting May 7 by calling (603) 643-4120. Copies of the book will be available at Howe Library by late April.


8 June, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
TOUR
The Women of Shin Hanga: The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints


19 June, Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.
Kim Gallery, Hood Museum of Art
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
"The Japan Craze and American Color Woodblock Prints, 1890–1910"
Barbara MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art


21 June, Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
SPECIAL PROGRAM
Exploring Woodblock Prints with Matt Brown, Artist
In conjunction with The Women of Shin Hanga, participants will spend time with local artist Matt Brown in the exhibition galleries, followed by lunch at Stella's in Lyme, N.H., and a tour and special woodblock printmaking demonstration in the artist's studio. Space is limited to 20. Members: $45, non-members: $50.Participants will provide their own transportation to Lyme, but carpooling is available. To register, email sharon.reed@dartmouth.edu or call (603) 646-9660.


13 July, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
TOUR
The Women of Shin Hanga: The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection of Japanese Prints


16 July, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK
"Women's Fashions and the Material Culture of Shin Hanga"
Allen Hockley, Associate Professor of Art History, Dartmouth College, and curator of The Women of Shin Hanga


17 July, Wednesday, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
ADULT WORKSHOP
Exploring Japanese Woodblock Prints
This discussion-based workshop introduces participants to the beauty and complexity of Japanese woodblock prints. Our exploration of these prints will take us from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century traditional ukiyo-e depictions of heroic and historical narratives and landscapes to early-twentieth-century shin hanga prints that capture the idealized beauty of Japanese women. In the studio, we will experiment with simple printmaking techniques to create our own prints. No previous art experience necessary. Space is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 by July 15 to register.


24 July, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Hood Museum of Art Auditorium
FILM SCREENING
Utamaro and His Five Women
(1946, directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, 106 minutes)
After the film, please stay for a Q&A with Allen Hockley, Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College and curator of the current exhibition The Women of Shin Hanga.

Last Updated: 8/29/13