Showcasing the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design of Art Deco, Japan and the Jazz Age is the first exhibition of its kind in the United States to explore the artists' competitive ingenuity and vivacious cosmopolitanism. The nearly 120 works highlight the Levenson Collection - one of the world's premier collections of Japanese art in the Art Deco style.
This beautiful and historically fascinating exhibition tells the story of how the traditional transformed into the modern. With extraordinary skill and creativity, Japanese artists married the urbane decorative styles emerging in Europe with revered forms of the past: geisha became cigarette-fondling flappers; ancient origami cranes turn into sleek, gold statuettes; kimono morph into emblems of fashion chic. Art Deco injected new style into everything from traditional woodblock prints, textiles, to sculpture. The vast contradictions of this epic era in world history are evident in Japan and the Jazz Age and the astonishing innovation that can result from a clash between the old and the new.
Japan and the Jazz Age features a dynamic range of compelling objects including kimonos, furniture, sculpture and evocative ephemera such as sheet music, posters, postcards, prints and photography to allow visitors to discover this rich period in world history and visual culture.
The exhibition is drawn from The Levenson Collection and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia under the title DECO JAPAN: Shaping Art and Culture
Support has been provided by The Chisholm Foundation
and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.