Creatures Great and Small: Animals in Japanese Art, the Art Museum’s current free Asian art exhibition, is the subject of this week’s free gallery talks at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 2 and 6:00 pm on Friday, April 3. The talks, by Rhiannon Paget, are free but space is limited and you may want to arrive in Sculpture Hall early to guarantee a spot.
The exhibition in Gallery 225 explores the long and fascinating history of the depiction of animals in Japanese art. Animals, especially those featured in the zodiac, often enliven paintings in screen and scroll formats, woodblock prints, clothing and textiles, as well as all kinds of decorative arts. Curated by Philip Hu, associate curator of Asian art, the exhibition is on view through August 30.
Paget joined the Art Museum in 2015 as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art. A native of Sydney, Australia, Paget is completing her doctoral dissertation on Japanese art at the University of Sydney, and she has held curatorial positions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and the Clark Center for Japanese Art in Hanford, California. Paget’s work at the Museum will include several projects, including preparation for an upcoming exhibition and catalogue highlighting the Lowenhaupt collection of Japanese prints and related materials, which was donated to the Museum by Charles and Rosalyn Lowenhaupt in 2010.