Walters will show battle preparations in Japanese...


January 24, 1993|By John Dorsey

Walters will show battle preparations in Japanese prints

Since the Walters Art Gallery undertook to make Hackerman House into its museum of Asian art, it has received hundreds of Japanese woodblock prints. They are being shown on a rotating basis in the print room off what used to be the house's dining room.

The latest show, opening Tuesday, is called "On the Eve of Battle" and features prints dealing with preparations for battle. Such preparations, we learn from these works, included drinking sake, writing poetry and, of course, putting on armor.

The prints in the show will be on view for the first time and will be exhibited at the Walters, 600 N. Charles St., through March 28. For more information, call (410) 547-9000. "Black Blossom," a challenging look at racial differences and tensions by Dutch modern dance maverick Truus Bronkhorst, continues the U.S./Netherlands Touring & Exchange Project at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., with performances Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Ranging in tone from humorous to sinister, this unconventional work is performed by Bronkhorst and three untrained Dutch dancers of Surinamese descent, whom the choreographer spotted in an Amsterdam discotheque. Tickets are $14. For more information, call (410) 752-8558.


J. Wynn Rousuck Mineko Grimmer makes "music boxes" that are played by thawing. Yes, thawing.

The boxes have wooden slats in them, and Grimmer suspends over them frozen pyramids containing pebbles. As the pyramids thaw, the pebbles drop onto the slats, making the music. Then at night the pyramids are refrozen.

Grimmer is one of four artists in a new Maryland Institute College of Art exhibit called "Hypnosis" for the effect it can have on the viewer. The other artists are Lydia Dona, Theodora Skipitares and Jane Hammond.

The exhibit continues through Feb. 21 in the Meyerhoff Gallery of the Fox Building, Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues. For more information, call (410) 225-2300.

John Dorsey

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