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Unusual Contemporary Asian Exhibition Opens at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 23, 2017

Teppei Kaneuji, Teenage Fan Club #66-72, 2015, plastic figures, hot glue, dimensions variable, courtesy Jane Lombard Gallery, NY/photo by Christine Pan

MAHWAH, N.J. — An unusual international exhibition combining 19th century Asian art with contemporary art forms opens on Wednesday, February 1, in the Kresge Foundation Gallery at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The exhibition is curated by Sydney O. Jenkins, Director of the Ramapo College Art Galleries, and Midori Yoshimoto, Gallery Director at New Jersey City University. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, February 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. with curator and artist talks at 6 p.m.  The exhibition continues through April 21.

According to co-curator Jenkins:
Forms and Effects: Ukiyo-e to Anime troubles stereotypical expectations for contemporary Asian art exhibitions which include aspects of anime and the related field of manga.  Here viewers can experience a unique visual mix that ranges from 19th century prints in our Bukstein Collection, to a museum-collected Japanese master like Keiichi Tanaami, to personal and lyrical anime by Akino Kondoh.  Tomokazu Matsuyama has worked from ukiyo-e prints, and exhibiting artists who incorporate anime imagery, such as Chinese painter Zhang Gong, may do so in unexpected and even subtle ways.”

Contemporary and Modern artists on view include Elena Dorfman, Zhang Gong, Teppei Kaneuji, Akino Kondoh, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Keiichi Tanaami, and Osamu Tezuka. Nineteenth-century print artists include Hashimoto Chikanobu, Utagawa  Kunitoshi, and Utagawa Nobukazu, among others.

On Wednesday, March 22, the exhibition will be joined by Manga and War in the adjacent Pascal Gallery, which will be presented in collaboration with New Jersey City University, with partial funding from the Japan Foundation.  The exhibition was originally organized by the Kyoto Manga Museum in 2015 and has been adapted for the American audience.

On Thursday, March 23, at 2:15 p.m. in Friends Hall, a panel discussion will address images of women in contemporary Japanese art and popular culture.

Various additional talks and interdisciplinary programs will be promoted in coming weeks, including an outdoor Cosplay event.

A catalogue featuring images of the unique exhibition installation will be available at a later date.

This project at Ramapo is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Kresge Gallery is located in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 to 7 p.m.

For more information contact Sydney Jenkins at 201-684-7147.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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