Join us for this program that combines a self-directed gallery tour followed by a film and discussion of themes shared by the art and the film. An illustrated guide highlights works in the exhibition, Deco Japan that will be used in the discussion portion of the program. Museum staff will be in the galleries to answer questions. Allow 30/40 minutes to explore the exhibition prior to the film. Post-screening discussion lasts approximately 20/30 minutes and is led by Museum staff.
The complexities and uncertainties of life in the early twentieth century provided visual artists, authors, playwrights and filmmakers around the world with subject matter for their work. Humor and satire was a means to diffuse the doubts and fears of modern life. The modern moment is reflected in the content of the exhibition and the selected films.
Kodakara Sodo (Kid Commotion): This offers a rare example of a silent, Japanese slapstick film in which the influence of Charlie Chaplin, who visited Japan four times, is evident in the social commentary behind the comedy.
Directed by Torajiro Saito:1935; Black and White; not rated;33 minutes
Koshiben Gambare (Flunky, Work Hard!): A breezy comedy about an impoverished insurance salesman whose son’s penchant for fisticuffs with other boys puts his livelihood into jeopardy.
Directed by Mikio Naruse; 1931; Black and White; not rated; 28 minutes
This program is funded in part through the generous support of the Toshiba International Foundation, the Japan Foundation, New York, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council,the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.
Deco Japan Shaping Art and Culture 1920–1945 is drawn from The Levenson Collection and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. Support has been provided by The Chisholm Foundation.
Images courtesy of The Levenson Collection.