The South Got Something to Say
Many Rooms: The South Got Something to Say
Kōgyo: Japanese Theatre Woodblock Prints
On view November 19, 2021 - February 5, 2022
This exhibition was curated by Annemarie Sawkins, PhD and Martha Chaiklin, PhD and generously loaned from the collection of Jan Serr and John Shannon.
Featuring over 50 Japanese color woodblock prints and several masks, this exhibition explores the art of woodblock prints and the history, stories, and costumes of Japanese Noh theater at the turn of the 20th century. Artist Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869–1927) came of age in the Meji era (1868–1912), a period of modernization when Japan was opened to world trade after more than two hundred years of relative isolation. Kōgyo specialized in depictions of Noh Theater, a classical art form which until then had primarily been enjoyed by social elites. This changed at the end of the 19th century, however, when Noh Theater expanded in popularity and was embraced by the middle class. Kōgyo’s numerous paintings were translated into series of woodblock prints, including Pictures of Noh (1897–1902), One Hundred Noh Dramas (1922–1926), and Encyclopedia of Noh plays, (1925–1930).
Image: Tsukioka Kogyo, Okina, 1897. Woodblock print. Courtesy of Jan Serr and John Shannon.
Theo Tobiasse: Textural Emergence
On view November 27, 2021 - February 5, 2022
Theo Tobiasse: Textural Emergence was organized by the Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandra, Louisiana.
This award-winning exhibition from the Alexandra Museum of Art's permanent collection features work from the later years of innovative Jewish artist Theo Tobiasse (1927-2012). As a teenager living in Paris, Tobiasse and his family were forced into hiding during the city's Nazi occupation from 1942-1944. Tobiasse's work - influenced by surrealism, expressionism, and modern primitivism - explores themes of mythology, biblical stories, exile, and his own past. All of these elements combine to present rich metaphors for the 20th century. His mix of techiques and mediums brings a rich and colorful emotional quality to these later works.
Programming with this exhibition will include a Jewish film series, lectures on Jewish holidays and symbolism, and a presentation by the son of Holocaust survivors, dates TBA.
Image: Theo Tobiasse, America, 1986, limited edition lithograph on paper.