Japan and the Victorians

| September 3, 2013

March 11 – December 31, 2012

Japan and the VictoriansOrientalism was at its height during the Gilded Age.  By 1854, Commodore Matthew C. Perry had opened the island of Japan to the Western world. Victorians were eager to explore and consume Japan’s exotic culture. Japanese exhibits at World’s Fairs and International Expositions brought their art and culture into Victorian parlors.  Henry Plant encountered their ceramics, silks, furniture and woodblock prints at the Centennial International Exposition of 1876 Philadelphia, the Exposition Universelle of 1889 in Paris, and again at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. Henry Plant furnished the Tampa Bay Hotel with treasures from around the world. The Henry B. Plant Museum’s new exhibit, Japan and the Victorians explores the deliberate presence of Japanese art in a Gilded Age resort as part of a larger discourse on a cultural, artistic, and aesthetic style that influenced 19th century Western artists and culture. It will continue through December 23, 2012.

Japan and the Victorians highlights the Victorian passion for Japanese culture and art. Works that depict the Japanese influence on American art in the 19th century and objects that show the Western influence on Japanese art are on display.  The foundation of this exhibit draws from Mr. Plant’s collection of Meiji era floor vases, ceramics and furniture that were part of the Tampa Bay Hotel. Works are on loan from private collections, Grolier Club, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Morikami Museum and Polk Museum of Art.

Daphne Lange Rosenzweig, author, professor, museum consultant, lecturer, exhibition curator, and appraiser, is a specialist in Asian Art and archaeology. Graduating with degrees from Mount Holyoke College (A.B.) and Columbia University (M.A. and Ph.D), as a Fulbright Fellow Dr. Rosenzweig conducted research on Chinese painting and jades for two years at the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Having taught at the University of New Mexico, Oberlin College and the University of South Florida, she is currently a senior art history professor at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL and frequently travels to Asia. She wrote the text for “The Appraisal of Japanese Prints” course offered through ISA.

A Certified Appraiser of Personal Property with the International Society of Appraisers, and a former member of its Board of Directors, Daphne Lange Rosenzweig has been awarded both the Lamp of Knowledge and the Leadership Awards from ISA. She is President of Rosenzweig Associates, Inc., a personal property appraisal firm devoted to Asian art appraisals, with both national and international clients.

Underwritten by Alvin Magnon Jewelers, Greenberg Traurig and Dr. Alfred N. Page and Lynn Manos

Category: Past Exhibits

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