Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Heron Maiden (detail), 1898, Woodblock print | Collection of the Taubman Museum of Art: The Peggy Macdowell Thomas
Japanese Print Collection 1996.062
Featuring twenty-three woodcuts by renowned Japanese artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi from the Taubman Museum of Art’s permanent collection, this exhibition presents the artist’s most representative and well-known series: New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, and Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse. The exhibition highlights the artist’s unparalleled skill and creativity, as well as traditional East Asian mythology. Known for his imaginative depictions of Chinese and Japanese folklore, culture and history, especially Kabuki—a classical Japanese art form of dramatic dance and song, Yoshitoshi presented the intensity and height of action in his woodblock prints.
Alan Pocaro, Friar's Lantern (detail), 2016, Screenprint with torn and pasted screenprints on paper | Image courtesy of Artist
Beginning this fall the Tarble Arts Center will proudly present a bi-annual exhibition of current works by the studio faculty of Eastern Illinois University’s Department of Art and Design. Every two-years, this special Tarble exhibition will feature the diverse styles, talents and media from members of the Art and Design department. Co-curated by Rehema Barber, Director and Chief Curator and Mike Schuetz, Assistant Director of the Tarble Arts Center, this biennial presentation was selected during various studio visits and serves as a reflection of the conversations that took place during those individual meetings.
Ben Venom, Fly by Night (detail), 2013, Handmade quilt with recycled fabric | Image courtesy of Artist
On a crash collision course between subculture symbolism and your grandmother’s sewing circle, the works of Ben Venom continue to push the boundaries of the gender-based medium of quilting. Riffing on found imagery from vintage tattoos, the occult, motorcycle gangs, heavy metal bands, and pop culture, Venom’s quilts seek to expand and challenge pre-meditated meanings and associations with craft, low, and popular culture. His works assault the senses with their jilted and aggressive use of these icons, while working within traditional quilting methods and materials to underscore the broad appeal of and fascination with these various subcultures.