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March 2014

North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, Offers Japanese Art from the Permanent Collection

North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, is presenting Remnants of the Floating World, featuring kimonos, textiles, ceramics, and 19th century woodblock images from feudal Japan’s pleasure and entertainment districts, on view in the historic NCSU Chancellor’s Residence, (the future Gregg Museum of Art & Design), through May 23, 2014.

Zen priest Asai Ryoi, in his 1661 book, Ukiyo-monogatari (Tales of the Floating World), described a sensation of “. . . living only for the moment, savoring the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves, singing songs, diverting oneself in just letting oneself drift, buoyant and carefree, like a gourd floating along in a river current . . . .” Remnants of the Floating World draws upon the treasures of the Gregg’s permanent collection to explore a world of courtesans in elegant kimonos, warrior-heroes on military ventures, sinister ghosts and witches, theatrical performances and scenes of leisure.

During this exhibition the Gregg will offer several exciting programs, including:
On Wednesday, Mar. 5, 12-1:30pm - Film Utamaro and his Five Women, by Kenji Mizoguchi, screens at the historic Chancellor’s Residence. A samurai challenges an artist to a duel, but the artist counterchallenges with a contest of painting! Made during the Allied occupation of Japan.

On Wednesday, Mar. 19, 7pm, at the NCSU Crafts Center (lower level Thompson Hall, 210 Jensen Drive, Raleigh) - Tokyo native and North Carolina Living Treasure Hiroshi Sueyoshi discusses the influence of Japanese aesthetics on his famous sculptural ceramics. Co-sponsored with the Crafts Center.

On Thursday, Apr. 3, 6pm - Triangle Taiko Japanese Drumming, front lawn of the historic Chancellor’s Residence. In ancient Japan, drums were sounded in rituals, festivals and on the battlefield to encourage bravery and signal attacks.

On Thursday, Apr. 10, 6pm - An authentic Tea Ceremony performed by the Sarah P. Duke Gardens Tea Ceremony group. Historic Chancellor’s Residence. The “Way of Tea” is central to the spiritual life of Japan.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 919-515-3503 or e-mail Zoe Starling at (zoe_starling@ncsu.edu).

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