Japanese Prints in Transition Access Day

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Kikukawa Eizan (1787–1867) Yosooi of the Matsubaya, from the series Three Wine Cups in the New Yoshiwara (detail), ca. 1815–1825, Color woodcut, 14 7⁄8 × 10 1⁄16 in. (37.8 × 25.6 cm), Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of the Heisler Family in memory of Ivan Heisler, 1978.1.76. Photograph by Randy Dodson

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Access Days, held on select Mondays, provide an opportunity for visitors with disabilities to visit special exhibitions on a day the museum is closed to the public. 

On July 15, admission is by appointment for people with disabilities and their guests to visit the exhibition Japanese Prints in Transition: From the Floating World to the Modern World at the Legion of Honor museum.

Enjoy free admission and accessible features, including:

  • Extra Blue Zone spaces close to the museum
  • Parking maps and public transportation information
  • Extra seating inside and outside the exhibition
  • Large print editions of the exhibition labels

About the exhibition

In 1868 Japan’s shogun was overthrown, marking the end of feudal military rule and ushering in the Meiji era (1868–1912), a period of modernization and exchange with other nations. As Japan’s society shifted, so too did its print culture. The delicately colored ukiyo-e (floating world woodblock prints) of actors, courtesans, and scenic views that had flourished for over a century were replaced with 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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Admission is free with registration. To sign up, fill out this form by Monday, July 8. Please reserve space early. Tours fill quickly.

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