Inspiration: Japanese Woodblock Prints

March 26 - July 26, 2019
David Filderman Gallery

Japanese woodblock prints have served as the inspiration for numerous artists from the 19th century to today. The core of the exhibition is drawn from the Museum’s collection of more than 60 historical woodblock prints, primarily from the 19th century (Edo period), that focus on themes of landscape, nature, courtesans, and Kabuki actors. The exhibition also includes examples of contemporary woodblock printmaking and Manga (Japanese comics).

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Funding has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Press Release: Inspiration: Japanese Woodblock Prints.

Japanese Woodblock Prints

Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760-1849), Under Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa, from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, Edo period, c. 1830-1831, woodblock print, ink and color on paper, 10 5/16 x 14 13/16 in., Hofstra University Museum of Art, gift of Helen Goldberg, HU2000.8.2


Shinji Mizushima (Japanese, born 1939), Dokaben, volume 36 Series published 1972-1981, 7 x 4 1/2 in., Courtesy of Special Collections, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Hofstra University

Related Programs:

Exhibition Reception
Thursday, April 11, 2019 • 4-6 p.m.
Location: David Filderman Gallery
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus
Remarks by Patricia Welch, Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature, Hofstra University
Free admission. Light refreshments.

Film Screening: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Wednesday, April 24 • 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
Program fees apply. No registration required.