Drawing from its extensive permanent collection of over 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints, the Portland Art Museum (PAM) has carefully selected about 250 of the most unique and historically significant items for a special exhibition, The Artist’s Touch, The Craftsman’s Hand: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints from the Portland Art Museum.
The permanent collection began in 1932 with a donation by Mary Andrews Ladd of over 750 traditional woodblock prints. Over the intervening decades, the Museum has added to the collection which now covers an astounding timeline from the 17th century to the present.
The exhibition features works by iconic early printmakers Harunobu and Hokusai, portraits known as “surimono” commissioned by 18th century actors, early 20th century landscapes, a series depicting the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, as well as post-war and more modern works. Assembled by PAM’s Asian Art Curator, Maribeth Graybill, this special exhibit opened October 1, 2011 and will run through January 22, 2012.
Museum hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Thursday and Friday; 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sunday. The Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. General admission for Adults is $15, Seniors and College Students, $12. Children 17 and under are free. If you can’t afford the ticket, the Museum offers free admission on the fourth Friday of every month, as well as four free Sundays a year scheduled in conjunction with Museum Family Day.