Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945
- Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
- Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
- Starting on: Feb 10, 2013
- Ending on: Apr 21, 2013
- 09:00AM - 05:00PM
As the first exhibition held outside of Tokyo dedicated to Japanese art deco, the exhibition not only provides dramatic examples of the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design long associated with Japan, it also conveys the complex social and cultural tensions in Japan during the Taisho and early Showa epochs (1912-1945). In these pre-war and war eras, artists and patrons created a Japanese modernism that signaled simultaneously the nation's unique history and its cosmopolitanism. The vitality of the era is further expressed through the theme of the modern girl, known in Japan as the modan gaaru or moga, for short-the emblem of contemporary urban chic that flowered along with the art deco style in the 1920s and 1930s.
Deco Japan will open to the public with a special Community Opening on Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The opening, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, will feature taiko drumming performances by New Mexico Taiko and dance by the New Mexico Japanese Citizen League's Okinawa dancers group. The event is presented in partnership with the New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League and the Japan America Society of New Mexico.