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'Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945'

When: Jan. 29-April 24 2016

The Middlebury Museum of Art hosts this exhibition featuring almost 200 items representative of aesthetic and social shifts in jazz-age Japan. Embodying the themes of “travel, speed, consumption, luxury, exoticism and elegant distortion of form,” works run the gamut from decorative housewares to illustration. Organized into five categories, the exhibit gives shape to the era’s emerging narratives of modernity and national identity, wherein “a façade of elegance parallels a totalitarian gravity, and the theme of national supremacy coexists with that of the alluring café waitress.”