Exhibition Opening: Madame Butterfly’s World: Woodblock Prints of a Changing Japan

Publication Date: 
June 2014

Opening on June 21 at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, Madame Butterfly’s World: Woodblock Prints of a Changing Japan, complements the Glimmerglass Festival’s production of Madame Butterfly. The exhibition highlights the changing world in which Butterfly lives: a Japan that stands at the cusp of modernity as it moves from a feudal and agricultural country to an industrialized nation taking its place on the world stage. Prints show both classic representations of women as well as the changing representation of Japanese women around 1907-1910, the period in which Madame Butterfly is set.

The exhibition’s curator, Jacqueline M. Atkins, leads a gallery tour on July 16 as part of the museum’s Food for Thought program. Dr. Atkins has written and lectured extensively on Japanese early modern textiles and kimono, and Japanese prints. To register for Food for Thought, please call (607) 547-1461.

Madame Butterfly’s World: Woodblock Prints of a Changing Japan is on view June 21–September 21 during regular museum hours. The museum is open seven days at week from 10 am to 5 pm. The Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Highway 80 (Lake Rd.), Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Press Release Contact: 

Todd Kenyon, Marketing and Communications
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: pr@nysha.org

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