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Falling Blossoms, Floating World

Exhibition on the cherry blossom motif in 19th- and 20th-century Japanese prints.

This event takes place each day from January 22nd, 2016 to March 9th, 2016.

Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Location: Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery

Contact: cchang

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The cherry blossom, because of its intensely beautiful yet brief existence, has come to symbolize the transience of beauty and life in Japan. In the 17th century, cherry blossoms became associated with the hedonism of the pleasure districts that flourished in Edo, glorified by Asai Ryōi in his famous novel Ukiyo Monogatari (“Tales of the Floating World”) of 1661: “living only for the moment, savoring the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms, and the maple leaves, singing songs, drinking sake, and diverting oneself just in floating, unconcerned by the prospect of imminent poverty, buoyant and carefree, like a gourd carried along with the river current: this is what we call ukiyo.”

A selection of ukiyo-e or “pictures of the floating world” complements Ayomi Yoshida’s installation about the threatened existence of cherry blossoms. Drawing on the fine Japanese art collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Flaten Art Museum’s considerable holdings of prints by Yoshida family artists, and Carleton’s own Special Collections, Falling Blossoms, Floating World examines the many faces of sakura, the cherry blossom, and the enduring tradition of hanami (“flower viewing”).

This event occurs on:

  • Friday, January 22nd, 2016
  • Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
  • Sunday, January 24th, 2016
  • Monday, January 25th, 2016
  • Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
  • Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
  • Thursday, January 28th, 2016
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  • Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
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  • Saturday, February 27th, 2016
  • Sunday, February 28th, 2016
  • Monday, February 29th, 2016
  • Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
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  • Friday, March 4th, 2016
  • Saturday, March 5th, 2016
  • Sunday, March 6th, 2016
  • Monday, March 7th, 2016
  • Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
  • Wednesday, March 9th, 2016