Celebrating the new exhibit, from Geisha to Diva: The Kimono of Ichimaru.
Join Barry Till, exhibit curator and Curator-Emeritus of Asian art with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, for a tour of this rare exhibit.
Famed for their elegant shapes and brilliant colouring—everything from peacock blue to tangerine—kimonos are an enduring symbol of the geisha; but there is more to the garments than their admirable style. Woven into the silk or linen of a kimono is the story of the woman who donned it while performing. No story is more captivating than that of Japan’s most sought-after geisha of the 20th century, Ichimaru. Her illustrious life from a geisha to an internationally known and acclaimed singer is the focus of this rare exhibition from the Greater Victoria Art Gallery.
Barry Till is a Curator Emeritus of Asian art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in Canada. With a wide-ranging knowledge of Asia’s history, archaeology, and cultures, he has travelled extensively and lectured on numerous expeditions for both National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institute for more than thirty years. He has published more than 100 exhibition catalogues (including The Buddhist Arts of Asia), books, and articles on various Asian art topics, and is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker. In 2008, Barry received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Museums Association. He speaks Chinese, holds degrees in Far Eastern Studies, and studied at Oxford and at Nanjing University in China.
This exhibit is on loan from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and has been shown previously at such museums and galleries as the National Geographic Museum (Washington, DC), the Royal Alberta Museum (Edmonton), the Audain Gallery (Whistler), and the Textile Museum of Canada (Toronto).
Saturday, June 8th | 1:30PM: Curator's Talk - In the Gallery, entrance free with museum admission
Saturday, June 15th | Art of the Geisha: Calligraphy - In the Gallery, entrance free with museum admission
Tuesday, June 25th | Art of the Geisha Book Club
1:30PM: Discussing Geisha, A life by Mineko Iwasaki. With Gideon Fujiwara, PhD, Asian Studies. At Fernie Heritage Library, admission free
7:00PM: Discussing Memoirs of a Geisha - In the Museum Gallery, entrance free with museum admission
Saturday, July 13th | 1:30PM: Art of the Geisha: Music - In the Gallery, entrance free with museum admission
Saturday, August 17th | 1:30PM: Art of the Geisha: Dance - In the Gallery, entrance free with museum admission
Also in the Gallery, dates TBC: Lantern making, sushi rolling, silk dyeing and more! Contact the museum for details.
Exhibit on display until September 22nd, 2019. Open 7 days, 10 am - 5:30 pm.
Presented by: Fernie Museum | Art Gallery of Greater Victoria | Province of BC | BC Arts Council | Columbia Basin Trust | Kootenay Columbia Cultural Alliance | Park Place Lodge | Yamagoya