Organized by Associate Professor and Chair of the Languages Department Amy Christiansen, the exhibit runs through Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the first-floor corridors of Wittenberg’s historic administration building, Recitation Hall, located on West Campus Drive. The exhibit features the work of 20-30 prominent Japanese calligraphers of various styles, from the traditional to the avant-garde.
In addition to the exhibit, a lecture by the president of the Shodó Journal Research Institute in Japan and calligraphic art critic Keiji Onodera and a demonstration by prominent calligrapher Sougen Chiba is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in Room 105, Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning, 737 N. Fountain Ave.
A reception with music performed by singer Midori Kawanishi, who will be accompanied by koto player Taeko Huntsberg, will follow Onodera’s lecture and Chiba’s demonstration. A Japanese flower arrangement, an Ikebana ( the art of association of ideas and impressions of nature expressed through flowers), will be provided by Soen Schumaier.
Studied for more than 3,000 years, calligraphy, or shodó, is “the way of writing.” Calligraphy uses only lines to bring words to life and give them character.
The exhibit is being sponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the Shodó Journal Research Institute in Japan, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting calligraphic arts.
Recitation Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all events are free and open to the public.
- Phyllis Eberts
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