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Two New Exhibits at Museum of Art Through Dec. 12

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The exhibits “Felice Beato: Photographer in 19th Century Japan “and “John Wissemann: Postmodern Constructs, Japanese-Style” will be on display at the Museum of Art Oct. 29 through Dec. 12. A preview reception takes place Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. The museum is located in the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Felice Beato, “Mode of Shampooing” (massage), 1867-68,
hand-colored albumen silver print; 8 3/4" x 10 1/2", Tom Burnett Collection.

“Felice Beato: Photographer in 19th Century Japan” features nearly 100 vintage albumen photographs by Beato (1832-1909), one of the most successful early photographers in Japan. Arriving in Yokohama, Japan, in 1863, he faced travel restrictions, limited photographic supplies, no market for photography, and even attacks by rogue samurai. Nevertheless, Beato established the model for commercial photography in Japan in terms of subjects, style, and marketing to a Western audience.

Beato’s subjects range from geisha and samurai to landscape views and historic sites. Many were subtly hand colored by Japanese artists. Drawn from the private collection of Tom Burnett, New York City, this exhibition explores a culture deeply rooted in history, traditions, and religious beliefs. Curated by professor Eleanor M. Hight, department of art and art history, the exhibition is accompanied by a 64-page catalogue.

“John Wissemann: Postmodern Constructs, Japanese-Style” features ten large colored pencil drawings that combine the style of 19th century Japanese woodcut prints with abstraction and complex design. Wissemann’s drawings employ an innovative technique of stencils depicting classical Japanese figures, which pay homage to the traditions of woodblock printmaking, entwined within strongly patterned, contemporary backgrounds. The works are presented courtesy of Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine.

Public programs presented in conjunction with the exhibitions include “In Conversation with Collector Tom Burnett and Curator Eleanor Hight” Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m.; “Gallery Talk” with Eleanor Hight on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at noon; and “The Art of Albumen Printmaking”with Gary Samson and Beverly Conway, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. All programs take place at the Museum of Art and are open to the public free of charge.

John Wissemann, "Warriors", 2007, colored pencil, 38 11/16" x 50".
John Wissemann, “The Wave”, 2008, colored pencil 38 ΒΌ” x 50 5/8”

The Museum of Art is open during the academic year Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; closed Fridays, university holidays.

For more information, call 2-3712, e-mail museum.of.art@unh.edu, or visit www.unh.edu/moa.