Pictures of the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Japanese Woodblock Prints
February 29 – May 6, 2016
Main Building, Rincliffe Gallery, 3rd Floor
The Drexel Collection houses nearly 200 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints, also known as Ukiyo-e, a popular technique and genre of woodblock printing in Japan from the 17th to the 19th century. The majority of the prints were donated by James W. Paul, Jr. (1851-1908), the husband of Anthony J. Drexel’s second child, Frances Katherine Drexel (1852–1892).
Ukiyo-e is translated as "pictures of the floating word," which is the name given to paintings and prints primarily depicting the transitory world of the Yoshiwara and the center of social life in the city Edo (present-day Tokyo) during the Edo period (1615-1868) in Japan. It is a composite term of uki (floating), yo (world), and e (pictures). Originally ukiyo-e came to refer to the sensual and hedonistic pleasures of people and detached from the world of entertainment. The prints in this exhibition represent the different styles and categories found in the collection, from actors and beauties to scenes of daily life.
The exhibition was guest curated by Yanrong Shen ’16, a student in Drexel’s Museum Leadership program, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The exhibition is on display in the Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Main Building at 3141 Chestnut St. from February 29th through May 6th. The Rincliffe Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Gallery is free and open to the public.
Frozen in Flight: Taxidermy Birds from The Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University
May 27 – August 22, 2016
The Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University is a world-renowned research institution and home to approximately 18 million scientific specimens. The collections span different research areas from botany to entomology to paleontology to ornithology. It is hard to even fathom the depths of the collections. Luckily, The Drexel Collection, on loan from the Academy, will be displaying some of the Academy's most striking bird specimens this summer in the Rincliffe Gallery.
The Drexel Collection: Celebrating 125 Years
September 9, 2016 – January 4, 2017
The Drexel Collection was founded alongside Drexel Institute in 1891 and is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Started as a collection offering the students of Drexel Institute a cultural experience and the chance to learn about the materials and techniques involved in creating works of both fine and decorative arts, The Drexel Collection has been an educational resource for the University over three different centuries. This exhibition explores the changes to the collection during these three centuries and presents the plans for its future.