Current Exhibitions

March 24 - May 22, 2015


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The exhibition features sculptural works from master Noh mask carver and contemporary artist Bidou Yamaguchi. As a purveyor of masks for the Hōshō School of Noh, Bidou’s masterfully carved masks are used in the highly stylized and formalized musical dramas of Japanese Noh Theater. But Bidou’s other work in the exhibition departs from traditional Noh masks and borrows recognizable historic portraits. The subject matter of these masks are taken not from traditional Noh drama characters, but rather, iconic portraits from the European art historical canon and Kabuki actor portraits. 

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Amerimanga! illustrates the creative development of contemporary comics and demonstrates how these artists tell their own unique stories through the use of this cross-cultural medium. Manga is a comic art form that emerged in Japan. As manga became popular in the United States during the early 21st century original English language manga was dubbed Amerimanga to denote its U.S. origin. The exhibition includes original, pre-production, and published works of American artists including concept art drawings, layouts, inked pieces, and final products illustrating the process of creation. This group show features artists Jen Brazas, Svetlana Chmakova, Josh Elder and Erich Owen, Brion Foulke, Ron Kaulfersch and Mike Schwark, M. Alice LeGrow, Jill Thompson, Martheus Wade and Janet Stone Wade, and Adam Warren