Curated by Christina M. Spiker, Ph.D.
Sponsored by Blick Art Materials.
In Nostalgic Femininity, Spiker draws upon items in St. Catherine University’s Special Collections & Archives to explore the relationship between nostalgia and gender in Japanese woodblock prints of the late nineteenth century. The show features various prints by Meiji-period artist Yōshū Chikanobu alongside select examples by Miyagawa Shuntei, Utagawa Kunisada I, Mizuno Toshikata, and Toyohara Kunichika. Spiker, who is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at, specializes in modern Japanese art and visual culture.
This exhibition runs concurrently with From Flowers to Warriors: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the St. Catherine University Archives & Special Collections, also curated by Spiker and on view in the St. Catherine University Library. This exhibition builds on Nostalgic Femininity to explore a broader range of topics in nineteenth-century printmaking, from delicate studies of flowers to intense scenes of battle. The show features various prints by Meiji-period artists Utagawa Yoshitora and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi alongside select examples from other artists including Showa-period shin-hanga artists Aoyama Masaharu, Asada Benji, and Ōno Bakufu.
Opening Reception: April 13, 6-8 pm
Public Lecture by the Curator: May 13, 7 pm
All events are free and open to the public.