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Exhibition: Meiji Photographs: A Historic Friendship between Japan and Rutgers

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Synopsis: The Kusakabe-Griffis Room is open on the fourth Sunday of the month for visitors to view these rare albumen prints, all from the Zimmerli’s permanent collection.
Start Time: Sunday, September 22, 2013 12:00 PM
End Time: Sunday, September 22, 2013 5:00 PM
Location: Voorhees Hall Incl Zimmerli Art Museum
Address: 71 Hamilton Street
Campus: College Avenue
Room: Kusakabe-Griffis Room
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: Free-$6
Sponsor: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
Category: Art
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Contact Name: Theresa Watson
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Contact Phone: (848) 932-7237
Special Criteria: Open Fourth Sundays
Additional Information: The Meiji period (1868-1912) is considered the beginning of the modern era in Japan. “Meiji Photographs” presents a selection of studio and site-specific photographs by such important figures as Felice Beato (1834-1907), an Italian-born British war photographer who established a studio in 1863, and his former assistant Kusakabe Kimbei (1841-1932). They worked in Yokohama, a major port for trade during the Meiji era and the first center of photography in Japan. In addition, ceramics from the Zimmerli’s renowned collection of Japonisme – an art style influenced by Japanese art, culture, and aesthetics that was popular in Europe during the late 19th century – are on display. Rutgers also played a significant role in the era: one of the first Japanese citizens to study at and graduate from an American college attended the university. From 1867 to 1870, Kusakabe Tarô, a samurai from Fukui, attended Rutgers College. He earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and was the first Japanese student admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. (He died of tuberculosis a few weeks before commencement and is buried in the Willow Grove Cemetery in New Brunswick.) His tutor and fellow student William Griffis then traveled to Japan in 1870, eventually becoming a professor at Rutgers, as well as an early Japan expert. Today, the William Eliot Griffis Collection, in the Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University Libraries, is a unique scholarly resource that includes photos, manuscripts, and other items. It documents the history of the first Japanese students who came to the United States to study at the time of Meiji Restoration (1868). In addition, New Brunswick maintains relationships with Fukui and Tsuruoka, Japan, through the Sister Cities International program.
Target Audience: Current Students,  Researchers,  Visitors,  Commuters,  Donors & Supporters,  Undergraduate Students,  Graduate Students,  Prospective Students,  Faculty,  Staff,  Alumni,  General Public,  Parents & Families