Thursday, March 28, 2013

Woodblock print exhibition "The Art of Japanese Noh Drama: Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1869-1927" at Pitt, March 29.

The University of Pittsburgh's Barco Law Library Gallery (map) will exhibit "The Art of Japanese Noh Drama: Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1869-1927" on March 29. A University Library System website describes the collection:
Nōgaku zue 能 樂 圖 繪, or Pictures of Noh, is a spectacular series of Japanese color woodblock prints by the artist Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927). The University of Pittsburgh owns a rare, complete set of this series, published at Tokyo between the Meiji years 30-35, or 1897-1902. Bound in traditional folding-album format, the series comprises five volumes of 261 prints inspired by the plays of classical Japanese noh theatre.
The collection is digitized and is available for browsing on that ULS website, but in real life it
comprises five bound Meiji period printed albums, protected by a silk wrap-around chitsu (chemise) and stored in a modern archival box. Each volume is of equal size and thickness and bound in the manner of traditional Japanese orihon, or folding scrolls. Each volume contains fifty-two or fifty-three full-page, multi-colored woodblock prints of noh (also spelled: nō, nô) theatre subjects.
Also at Pitt and on the topic, the Special Collections Department on the 3rd floor of Hillman Library houses the Barry Rosenthal Japanese Print Collection of woodblock prints from the 18th through 20th centuries.