Quiet Beauty: Fifty Centuries of Japanese Folk Ceramics from the Montgomery Collection
Guest Curator: Robert Moes Former Head of the Asian Art Department, Brooklyn Museum
Japan's ceramic history is the longest in the world. One hundred folk ceramics, dating from 3000 B.C. to 1985, comprise the first exhibition outside Japan to explore this range of ceramic production. Produced for use by farmers, artisans, and merchants, these objects are astonishing in their wide variety and profound aesthetic impact. The exhibition is arranged chronologically and includes cooking beakers; wine jars; tomb vessels and tomb figures; storage jars; grinding and mixing bowls; plates, dishes, and bowls in stoneware and porcelain; sake bottles and flasks; oil-drip plates; sculptural alcove ornaments; and flower-arranging vases. Folk ceramics were nearly all anonymous until the 1920s, but several famous 20th-century potters -- designated Living National Treasures by the Japanese government -- are represented.
Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, (New York, NY) Frederik Meijer Gardens (Grand Rapids, MI) Honolulu Academy of Arts (Honolulu, HI) Tyler Museum of Art (Tyler, TX) Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach, FL) Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe, NM)
March 27 - June 15, 2003 September 19 - January 4, 2004 January 31 - April 11, 2004 May 8 - July 18, 2004 March 4 - April 10, 2005 August 13 - October 23, 2005 November 13, 2005 - August 27, 2006