The Japan Craze at the Adirondack Museum

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE From the 1870s through the end of the century, a craze for all things Japanese was reflected in the arts and architecture of Victorian America. Join textile historian Dr. Jacqueline M. Atkins at the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, on Saturday, Sept. 13, for an illustrated presentation entitled "The Japan Craze: The Japanese Influence on American Textiles and Art." The lecture will begin at 1 p.m. and will be held in the museum's Auditorium. The program is part of the Adirondack Museum's Adirondack Fabric and Fiber Arts Festival, a celebration of traditional and contemporary fiber arts. Dr. Atkins's program and all Festival activities and demonstrations are included in the price of regular museum admission. The Japanese aesthetic had an especially strong impact on the decorative arts, and Japanese motifs such as fans, flying cranes, asymmetrical designs, and sprays of plum blossoms and bamboo quickly found their way into furniture, ceramics, wallpaper, tiles, and textiles. Dr. Jacqueline M. Atkins is the Kate Fowler Merle-Smith Curator of Textiles for the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania. She lectures and writes on American and Japanese quilts, textile history, and American folk art. Her most recent books are Quilting Transformed: A History of Contemporary Quilting in the United States, and Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States, 1931 - 1945, based on her exhibition of the same name.

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