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The Tale of Genji from Princesses to Pop Culture

January 25 - March 5, 2017

11 am - 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

The Tale of Genji from Princesses to Pop unveils the newly restored six-fold screen by Kano Seisen'in Osanobu (1796-1846). Painted in delicate detail with striking gold-leaf and brilliant pigments, Bryn Mawr's Osanobu screen provides a captivating introduction to this literary classic of Japan. Also on view is a range of objects from the College's collection, including items of the contemporary era meant to demonstrate the cultural legacy of “Genji.”

The exhibition is co-curated by Anna Moblard Meier, Nina Blomfield (Ph.D. and M.A. candidates in History of Art, respectively), and Sarah O'Connell (Class of 2017). The screen's conservation was made possible by a grant from the Sumitomo Foundation.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, January 25, 4:30 pm, Canaday Library

Conservator's Lecture

Yoshi Nishio

Monday, February 6, 5pm, Carpenter 21

Conservator Yoshi Nishio discusses his work to restore Bryn Mawr's six-fold Japanese screen painting. The early-19th-century screen by Kano Seisen'in Osanobu depicts a scene from the female-authored, 11th-century literary classic, The Tale of Genji.