Picturing the Floating World: Japanese Art and the Makings of Popular Culture

Arts & Museum Exhibits

January 24, 2023 to May 14, 2023

Samek Art Museum

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Picturing the Floating World, Jan. 24 – May 14

Picturing the Floating World: Japanese Art and the Makings of Popular Culture
Samek Art Museum Campus Gallery

UTAGAWA KUNISADA I, Untitled (scene from a Kabuki play), n.d., Color woodcut on paper, Gift of Eric Stewart, 1957.3.8



Luminous lacquered cases, vibrantly colored prints, and intricately carved ivories reflect the inventive and yet subversive tastes of the rising urban class in early modern Japan. This exhibition, curated in partnership with students in Spring 2023 Bucknell courses, “Arts of East Asia” and “Hokusai & the Global Art of Edo,” explores the radically transformative power of popular culture both in the past and in our present worlds.





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