March 24–December 31, 2012

The Allure of Japan

A fascination for all things Japanese swept the United States in the period around 1900. An influx of Japanese goods and emissaries into America sparked a wave of interest in a foreign culture once seen as impossibly remote. Artists and collectors gathered Japanese objects, studied Japanese traditions, and integrated Japanese styles and techniques into their own work. "The Allure of Japan" celebrates this cultural moment with a rich display of rarely exhibited American prints, posters, watercolors, and decorative arts complemented by a selection from the Museum’s renowned Japanese collections.

  • Bernard and Barbara Stern Shapiro Gallery (Gallery 231)


With support from the Eugenie Prendergast Memorial Fund, made possible by a grant from Jan and Warren Adelson.
Sponsored by American Airlines.