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Japanese Character Series and Fusion Ikebana II

Japanese Character Series
and Fusion Ikebana II

May 6 – June 27, 2010
In the Gallery for Contemporary Art

In this exhibition, Shizuko Greenblatt explores a new mode of calligraphy on canvas as well as a fresh approach to ikebana. Greenblatt presents Japanese characters in an abstract expressionistic style while retaining the basic structure of each character. As a result, the character or image alludes to its original meaning, but at the same time her spontaneous brushstrokes blur its legibility. The artist's exploration of formality continues through the Fusion Ikebana series as she challenges the meaning of ikebana, or the Japanese art of flower arrangement, in terms of aesthetics and materiality.

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Saturday, May 8, 1-3pm
Get a taste of the art of Japanese flower arranging. Each student will create a traditional springtime arrangement to take home- perfect for Mothers’ Day! Taught by Eileen Rosenthal, whose arrangements are frequently featured in the museum’s Japanese Arts Gallery.

$10 for members, $12 for non members – includes all materials.