Friday, March 16th-Sunday, June 10th: ‘Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945’

Showcasing the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design associated with both Japan and Art Deco style, this exhibition at Japan Society (333 E. 47th St., Manhattan) is the first in the U.S. to explore a little-known brand of pre-WWII modernism borne of competitive ingenuity and vivacious cosmopolitanism. Curated by Dr. Kendall Brown, Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945 subtly conveys the complex social and cultural tensions in Japan during the Taisho and early Showa periods through dramatically designed examples of metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry, sculpture and evocative ephemera such as sheet music, posters, postcards, prints and photography. The vitality of the era is further expressed through the theme of the moga (“modern girl”)–an emblem of contemporary urban chic that flowered briefly, along with the Art Deco style, in the 1920s and ’30s.

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