Three new exhibitions opened in February at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, celebrating traditional Japanese art, a century of photography and Norman Rockwell’s Boy Scouts.
Hiroshige’s Tokaido offers a rare view of the famed 19th-century artist’s literal and figurative progression along Japan’s Tokaido, or Eastern Sea Route. The exhibition presents five different sets of Utagawa Hiroshige’s “53 Stations of the Tokaido Road,” never before displayed together. The effect offers the viewer a panoramic view of the Tokaido, as well as Hiroshige’s romance with Japan’s landscape.
Light Works: A Century of Great Photography is comprised of more than 50 memorable images and highlights the 2015 founding of a photography program at William & Mary. The show surveys the origin, evolution and variations of photography during its first full century, including images by Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams.
Norman Rockwell and the Boy Scouts features nine paintings by the artist famed for nostalgic and patriotic depictions of 20th-century American life. The exhibition is dedicated to W&M Chancellor and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98 who became president of the Boy Scouts of America in 2014.