Points of Departure: Treasures of Japan from the Brooklyn Museum

March 7, 2014
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This spring, Japan Society Gallery presents Points of Departure: Treasures of Japan from the Brooklyn Museum. Over two thousand years of Japan’s art-making history are detailed in over 70 paintings, prints, sculptures, and decorative objects drawn from Brooklyn’s renowned collection of Japanese art. The exhibition showcases the history of the collection while illuminating its particular strengths in lesser known but revelatory artifacts like delicate bark fiber robes, beaded jewelry, and wood carvings made by the indigenous Ainu people of northern Japan. Many objects are on view for the first time in decades, others for the first time ever. Works are displayed by region—north, east, west, and south—to counter the usual Tokyo/Kyoto focus of Japanese art scholarship and the myth of a homogenous Japan.

$12; students & seniors $10, Japan Society members & children under 16 free. Admission is free to all on Friday nights, 6-9 pm.

Gallery Hours:
Tues.-Thurs. 11 am-6 pm; Fri. 11 am-9 pm; Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm, closed Mon. & major holidays.

This exhibition is organized by Japan Society in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum.

Points of Departure: Treasures of Japan from the Brooklyn Museum
is generously supported by Chris A. Wachenheim, Raphael and Jane Bernstein, Sebastian and Miki Izzard, Alan and Leslie Beller, Joan B. Mirviss, The Alvin Friedman-Kien and Ryo Toyonaga Foundation, Willard G. Clark, Amy G. Poster, George and Roberta Mann, and the J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York.

Media sponsorship is provided by WNYC.

Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines.


Exhibitions at Japan Society are made possible in part by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund, Director’s Circle members and Friends of the Gallery.
Arts & Culture Lecture Programs are made possible by funding from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.

Additional support is provided by Chris A. Wachenheim, and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

  • March 7, 2014 – June 8, 2014