Inside the Floating World: Japanese Prints from the Lenoir C. Wright Collection

  • Aug 18, 2002 – Oct 27, 2002

Now numbering more than 450 works, the Weatherspoon's Japanese print collection was carefully acquired throughout the past fifty years by Dr. Lenoir C. Wright, Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at UNCG. The collection comprises the major artists, themes, and formats of Japanese prints from the late 17th to the early 20th centuries. It is the only collection of its kind in the state of North Carolina. Prints in the exhibition were grouped into six categories including Kabuki (traditional Japanese theater); Women (bijinga or beauty pictures); Landscape (natural wonders, sacred sites, famous views); Poets, Authors, and Heroes (likenesses from classic literature); Children (traditional social pursuits); and Surimono (limited-edition prints created for special events or individuals).

Inside the Floating World was guest curated by Dr. Allen Hockley, Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College, and was accompanied by a fully illustrated, color catalogue with an essay by Dr. Hockley. Following its premier at the Weatherspoon, Inside the Floating World traveled to the Hood Art Museum at Dartmouth College. It will travel to the University of Oregon Museum of Art in Eugene in Winter 2005. 

We have six galleries located on the first and second levels of the museum, view our gallery map.