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Japanese Theater: Visualizing Narrative (ARTH 320)

“Japanese Theater: Visualizing Narrative” (ARTH 320), taught in Winter 2011 by art history professor Kathleen Ryor, addressed the ways various forms of theater in Japan have responded to changing social and political forces over their histories. It also interrogated the intersections, as well as crucial differences, between literary drama, performance, and representation in print media. Students read a number of Kabuki and Noh plays, viewed films of performances of these plays, studied illustrated books that preserve visual and textual records of performances, examined woodblock prints of actors in their roles from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, and looked at the development of costumes and masks.

As a group curatorial exercise, the class split into four teams to create exhibitions in a virtual model of the Carleton Art Gallery. Using Google Sketchup to build and share their curatorial plans, they developed 3-d models of objects and displays, placed, and lit them much as one would in the real gallery. To view 360-degree panoramas of their work, click and drag inside the images below.

Team A's Gallery

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Team A: Caroline Giese (2011), Libby Isenstein (2012), Leah Justin-Jinich (2012)

Team B's Gallery

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Team B: Liz Furuya (2012), Mallory Monsma (2011), Gabriel Silberblatt (2011)

Team C's Gallery

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Team C: Carolyn Cole (2011), James Reihing (2012), Spencer Wigmore (2011)

Team D's Gallery

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Team D: Ziliang Liu (2012), Thomas Sullivan (2011), Megan Williams (2011)