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Friends of the Library Lecture: "Beneath the Printed Pattern: Display and Disguise in Ukiyo-e Bijinga."
Event Type:Lecture
Location:Carpenter Library Room B21
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Eric Pumroy
Department:Friends of the Library

Bijinga, translated as “pictures of beautiful people,” are among the most recognizable Japanese prints of the sort known as ukiyo-e, “pictures of the floating world.” A bijinga depicts a beautiful person, a bijin - most often a beautiful woman.

In the exhibition Beneath the Printed Pattern, bijnga and related imagery are selected and grouped in order to articulate the complexities of the genre and provide the viewer with multiple entry points to the pictorial language of ukiyo-e. The exhibition, drawn form Bryn Mawr college's collections, is organized into five thematic sections: Sites of Display, Advertised Beauty, Unlikely Stages and the Illusion of Proximity, Classical References and the Connoisseur, and Details from Nature and the Keen Observer. Curated by graduate student in History of Art Anna Moblard Meier, the exhibition will open on September 25th, 2013 with a public lecture by University of Pennsylvania Professor and author of Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty (2007) Julie Nelson Davis.  Funding for the exhibition and related programs has been generously provided by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Bryn Mawr College Libraries Website.

Event Description:Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania, will give the lecture opening a new Special Collections Art and Artifact exhibition in Canaday Library.
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