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

June 21–September 21, 2014

Inspired by Glimmerglass Festival’s 2014 production of Madame Butterfly, this exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints highlights the changing world in which Butterfly lived.  The collection features prints that represent “traditional” Japan, as well as those showing the influence of Western culture.

Japan stood at the cusp of modernity as it moved from a feudal and agricultural country to an industrialized nation taking its place on the world stage. Prints in the exhibition 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.