Munakata Shiko and Arthur Flory’s Creative Exchange Through Printmaking

In the spring of 1959, a remarkable joint project was born when the Japanese printmaker Munakata Shiko came to Philadelphia to work with Arthur Flory, who taught Munakata all about lithography.  Their collaboration and friendship continued and remains an important legacy of the post-war cultural “soft power” of art at its most effective. Works by both artists will be featured during this presentation by Hester Stinnett and Felice Fischer.

Felice Fischer, Ph.D., Curator Emerita of Japanese and East Asian Art 

Dr. Fischer has been a member of the Museum’s staff since 1972, where she began her career as a curatorial assistant for Far Eastern Art. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Columbia University within the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. She has curated and participated in dozens of exhibitions and lectures, and penned award-winning publications, like Japan Design: A Survey since 1950 (36th National Exhibition Award); and Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran: Japanese Masters of the Brush (The Association of Art Historians’ Art Book Award); Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano.  In 2013, the Japanese government honored Dr. Fischer with The Order of the Rising Sun—one of Japan’s most prestigious honors in the world of culture

Hester Stinnett, Professor of Printmaking, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University 

Hester Stinnett’s studio practice seeks to utilize the various tools and processes of printmaking as a direct means of drawing rather than primarily as techniques for reproduction. Process and concept go hand-in-hand and are dependent upon one another in her work. Her images are made, as it were, through the press rather than before the press. They embody an ongoing challenge and balance of chance and control inspired by John Cage’s steadfast use of indeterminacy as a creative strategy in musical composition. Their internal structures reveal our attempts to tether ideas, obligations, and decisions in a world of transition and flux.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is collected in numerous private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center. In 2004, she was awarded a Pennsylvania Council Artist Fellowship for Works on Paper. She was an artist in residence at the Fabric Workshop in 2003 and has presented printmaking workshops at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. 

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