• Kato Tomotaro, Vase with Dragon. ca. 1915. Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels, 13 9/16 in. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Acquired by Henry Walters at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915. Photography by Susan Tobin.
    JapanAmerica
    Points of Contact, 1876-1970
    February 12, 2017 — May 21, 2017

JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876–1970, a major exhibition organized by the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, opens February 12 and surveys the role that international exhibitions and world’s fairs have played in artistic exchanges between these two cultures. Focusing on Japan’s place in major international exhibitions held on the American continent from 1876 onward, and finishing with a look at Japan's first World’s Fair held in Osaka in 1970, this beautiful and diverse assembly of more than 100 works examines the influence of Japanese aesthetics on painting and printmaking, ceramics and metalwork, graphic design, advertising, bookbinding, and illustration. The exhibition also includes Japanese objects influenced by the West, as Japanese makers took pride in adopting Western forms and manufacturing techniques, while retaining the high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail for which they were famous.

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