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‘In Falling Snow’ at Weatherspoon

120716feature_fallingsnowTo get into the mood for winter, look to UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum’s exhibition “In Falling Snow: Japanese Prints from the Lenoir C. Wright Collection.”

The striking woodblock prints show quiet, contemplative scenes, as well as moments of action, and all are in the snow. Images of bridges, mountains, rooftops and villages appear alongside vibrant mementos from Kabuki theater performances. Many prints are by Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige, one of the last great ukiyo-e artists, which means “pictures of the floating world,” and depict urban and natural scenes.

This exhibition is unusual for the Weatherspoon because the majority of the prints do not date to the twentieth or twenty-first century and, though expertly made, technically, weren’t meant to be fine art. They were, as curator Elaine Gustafson says, the eighteenth and nineteenth-century Japanese equivalent of postcards, posters and playbills. Some, such as Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s “Abe no Hirafu Slaying a Bear,” were created as accompaniment to poems, and the poems appear within the images. The now-rare pieces were collected by Lenoir C. Wright, UNCG faculty emeritus in history and political science.

“In Falling Snow” was planned with the intention that it could be a seasonal pleasure for art viewers, and it will be up through Feb. 26. The museum will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2 but open for all other regular hours. Books and cards featuring the prints are available for purchase at the information desk.

Visual: “Kameido Tenmangu Shrine in Snow,” Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige