Friday, August 27, 2010

TAM Docents: Great Woodblock Print Resources

Hello Docents-

Ellen Shigeno reintroduced me to a wonderful book today that she had donated to the ARC during the last woodblock print exhibition. It is called Japanese Woodblock Printing by Rebecca Salter. It has lovely images that show the step by step processes in not only creating the prints, but also the papers and the woodblocks. There are also pictures of different types of barens. I would highly recommend that you all look at it prior to the exhibition as a refresher. I will have that on the end cap for the Edo to Tacoma exhibition in the ARC.

I have also found a couple of videos you may find useful to watch in preparation: Training video on Japanese Woodblock Prints - Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection 
"One Japanese American family's memories of living behind barbed wire during World War II are captured in this bilingual multimedia website. The acclaimed artist Roger Shimomura, who was held at Minidoka, Idaho, as a three year old, found inspiration in his grandmother's journals for the series An American Diary. A virtual exhibition, In the Shadow of My Country displays these sharply ironic paintings tempered by the grandmother's patient, hopeful words. Complementing the central images are the poignant series Memories of Childhood (depicting Shimomura's earliest memories of Minidoka), photos of daily life in the detention camps, an interview with the artist, and quotations of Japanese Americans incarcerated as children. This array of images and voices recalls the harsh conditions, improvised diversions, and years lost in America's prison camps for innocent civilians. "


Thank you for all that you do for Tacoma Art Museum.



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