June 23–October 20, 2013
Between the two World Wars, when 20th-Century modernism established a firm hold in the realm of fine art, Art Deco emerged as a cultural as well as artistic movement. Permeating into creative forms as diverse as graphic design and architecture, the movement informed the social fabric from fashion to cinema across the globe – perhaps nowhere more prominently than in Japan.
Encompassing close to 200 objects and prints, Deco Japan: Shaping Art & Culture, 1920–1945 is one of the first large-scale museum exhibitions to spotlight the development of this vastly influential phenomenon. This exhibition is particularly remarkable in that, despite the diverse array of objects and the far-reaching influences they represent, it is drawn from a single collection. The Deco-era works in the Levenson Collection embrace social themes revealing the contradictions of Japan as the Jazz Age collided with military expansionism overseas, and reveal the stunning artistic achievements of a singular time in history.
The Tyler Museum of Art is the only venue in Texas to host Deco Japan.
The exhibition is drawn from The Levenson Collection and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.
Support has been provided by The Chisholm Foundation and the
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.