Japanese Prints in Transition Donor Reception

Woman in a plum orchard Japanese print

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864). The Plum Orchard, from the series Elegant Prince Genji (detail), 1853. Color woodcut triptych with embossing, 147⁄16 × 29¾ in. (36.6 × 75.6 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Katherine Ball Collection, 41.42.22a-c. Photograph by Randy Dodson

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The Board of Trustees and Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, cordially invite you to the exhibition premiere and reception celebrating Japanese Prints in Transition: From the Floating World to the Modern World

Take a close look at the intricate details of Japanese prints from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection, on view for the first time in more than a decade. 

The exhibition documents the late 19-century shift from delicately colored ukiyo (floating world) woodcut prints of actors, courtesans, and scenic views to brightly colored images of Western architecture, technology, Victorian fashions and customs, and modern military warfare. This two-part exhibition (the floating world and the modern world) highlights this stylistic transition and the work of one artist, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, who successfully spanned them both. His distinctive, sometimes eccentric, images serve as a link between the two eras.

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This event is open to Sponsor level members and above and exhibition sponsors. Invitations will be sent to current eligible donors. To RSVP, email specialevents@famsf.org or call 415.750.7648. Advance reservations are requested. Please kindly RSVP by Thursday, March 28. If you have questions or would like to request accessibility accommodations, please contact us at donors@famsf.org by Thursday, April 4.


This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Presenting Sponsor
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn
McEvoy Endowment

Lead Sponsor
San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums

Major Support
Dagmar Dolby

Significant Support
Diana Dollar Knowles Fund
Carrick and Andy McLaughlin
W.L.S. Spencer Foundation

Generous Support
Trine Sorensen and Michael Jacobson
Thomas and Shelagh Rohlen Fund
Paul A. Violich

Additional support is provided by The Achenbach Graphic Arts Council, Alexandria and Dwight Ashdown, Sandra and Paul Bessières, Cathy and Howard Moreland, Lynn and Edward Poole, and The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation, and Toshiba International Foundation.

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