Changing Exhibition Galleries

May 18 – August 12, 2012

Press Release [PDF:123KB]

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) is perhaps the most important Japanese print artist of the late 19th century. Yoshitoshi lived at a time when Japan was just opening to the outside world and experiencing major political, social and economic changes. His prints often depict well-known stories from Japanese history and legend but present them in highly original, sometimes shocking compositions that exhibit a range of influences. This exhibition features approximately 100 of Yoshitoshi’s prints and drawings, representing the full span of his artistic career. The prints come from a private Las Vegas collection as well as USC Pacific Asia Museum collection and offer a rare opportunity to understand an artist whose influence on Japanese graphic art and design continues to this day.

This touring exhibition is organized by Chris Uhlenbeck and accompanied by the catalogueYoshitoshi: Masterpieces from the Ed Freis Collection, Hotei Publishing, 2011. The exhibtion at USC Pacific Asia Museum is supported by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Toyota Financial Services, Sid and Betsey Tyler, Setsuko Oka, and Roy and Maurine Oban.

Related Events

Fusion Friday: Kick Off
May 18, 7:30 p.m.
The popular summer series kicks off with a night of martial arts including taekwondo and sumo along with music, food and drink. Free for members, $15 nonmembers.

May 19, 2 p.m.
Renowned Japanese print scholar Chris Uhlenbeck discusses the history and artistry of Yoshitoshi’s work. Free with admission.

Art and Coffee
June 8, July 13, August 10, 3 p.m.
Curatorial staff introduce selected works in this exhibition in an informal setting. Coffee provided by Starbucks. Free with admission.

Curator’s Tour
June 23, 2 p.m.
Enjoy a guided look at this exhibition with curatorial staff. Free with admission.

July 21, 2 p.m.
Enjoy a guided in-depth observation of selected works in the exhibition, followed by a sketching activity for all age and ability levels. Free with admission.