Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan

Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan


November 17, 2019 - November 15, 2020

Vivid in Japanese art and imagination are creatures that are at once ghastly and comical. Yokai generally refers to demons, ghosts, shapeshifters, and “strange” and supernatural beings. Specific creatures are commonly associated with classical literature, folklore, theatrical performances, festivals, art, and other forms of expressive culture. Yokai are also prevalent in contemporary Japanese popular culture; you find them in manga (comics), anime (animation), and character-based games such as Pokémon (“pocket monster”).

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Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia

Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia


January 5, 2020 - January 17, 2021

Getting dressed is a creative act, an expression of self and social connection. Getting dressed can also be an artistic performance meant to persuade. Dressing with Purpose examines three dress traditions today—Norwegian bunad, Sami gákti, and Swedish folkdräkt—in light of more than two centuries of social and political change across Scandinavia.

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