This extended episode takes us on an unexpected journey across the Art Institute of Chicago to explore the artistry and influences of rings. We go well beyond personal adornment and discuss the significance and many meanings of “ring” as it appears in visual culture.
Le Grenouillard (Frog-Man), 1892
Art Institute of Chicago, 2007.78
In this excerpt from my lecture on the Art Institute’s recent special exhibition Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection, I set the stage for what was Japan’s Floating World culture during the Edo Period of the Tokugawa Shogunate, 1615-1868. We touch on the origin of the term, the cultural climate in which it rose the popularity, and how the floating world psyche was expressed in Japan’s visual arts at the time.
Hishikawa Moronobu Flower-Viewing Party with Crest-Bearing Curtain, from the series Flower Viewing at Ueno
Art Institute of Chicago, 1925.1689