UWM exhibit highlights Japanese woodblock prints

The Art History Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will open a new exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints with a reception and lecture on Thursday, April 4, starting at 5 p.m. The gallery is located in room 154, Mitchell Hall, 3203 N. Downer Ave.

The exhibition, “Country Views and City Life,” features woodblock prints of the genre known as ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”), which was especially popular among Japanese and Western audiences in the 18th century. Drawing from works in the UWM and Dunnett collections, this exhibition explores the ukiyo-e tradition through subjects such as Kabuki actors, beautiful women and travel scenes.

Hilary K. Snow, an authority on Japanese art and associate lecturer in art history at UWM, will speak on “Landscape Traditions: Hokusai and Hiroshige’s Views of Japan” at 5:30 p.m. during the opening reception, and again on April 23 at 2 p.m.

The exhibition runs through April 25.

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.