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An Intimate Look: Images of Kabuki Theaters and Actors in the Edo Period of Japan for Generalists

This program is full. We are no longer accepting registrations. Please join us on Friday, November 4 for the UMMA Dialogue with exhibition co-curators Natsu Oyobe and Mariko Okada for an in-depth exploration of the exhibition. For more information, click here.

 Exhibition co-curators Natsu Oyobe and Mariko Okada will lead an in-depth exploration of Kabuki prints in conjunction with the UMMA exhibition Japanese Prints of Kabuki Theater from the Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art. This workshop is designed for a general audience. Participants will become familiar with Kabuki prints and theater, as well as the popular culture and society of the late Edo period.  

Kabuki prints are filled with information on the popular culture and human experience of the late Edo Period. Kabuki attracted enormous attention and developed a huge following in the late Edo Period—a phenomenon comparable to contemporary movie and television stars. The prints’ enormous popularity contributed to advances in print technology, facilitating an unprecedented speed of production and a sophisticated system of distribution and circulation. 

This workshop is for generalists. Another workshop requiring a reading fluency of Japanese and a basic knowledge of Kabuki theater will be offered on Friday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration is required for both workshops. Email to secure your spot.

Lead support for Japanese Prints of Kabuki Theater from the Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the National Endowment for the Arts, the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Endowment, AISIN, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies. Additional generous support is provided by the Japan Foundation, Japan Business Society of Detroit, and the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender.