The Smith College Museum of Art’s (SCMA) current exhibit Pursuing Beauty features works borrowed from the Yale University Art Gallery and showcases the artistic traditions and innovations of the Edo period in Japan (1615-1868).
Dr. Fan Zhang, Freeman/McPherson Post-doctoral Curatorial and Teaching Fellow, is the guest curator of Pursuing Beauty. A wide variety of works is on display, including woodblock prints, ivory carvings, hanging scrolls, and multi-panel folding screens.
The exhibit is part of a collection-sharing initiative initiated by the Yale University Art Gallery and funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Yale has partnered with SCMA and art museums at Bowdoin, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, Oberlin, and Williams colleges. Additional funding for Pursuing Beauty is provided in part by The Brown Foundation, Inc.