Toshio Shibata Show at Peabody Essex
Shibata teases beauty out of the unlikeliest of places. Historically, Japanese photographers featured obviously picturesque locations such as temples and gardens. Shibata revolutionized landscape photography in Japan in the 1980s, by instead turning his attention to concrete engineering works and infrastructure found alongside Japanese roadways. He is drawn to these places as microcosms of the delicate balance between the rigidity of human-made structures and the organic properties of nature.
“As stunning as Toshio Shibata’s photographs are, they are infused with deep awareness of humanity’s place in nature,” said Phillip Prodger, PEM’s curator of photography. “As with all the best landscape photographers, his works cause us to reflect on what it means to live in this world.”
Toshio Shibata, Constructed Landscapes is part of PEM’s continuing effort to introduce contemporary international photographers and their work to new audiences.
This exhibition is made possible by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013 | 2PM | FREE WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION
Photographer Toshio Shibata and PEM Curator of Photography Phillip Prodger discuss Shibata’s life and work in an engaging conversational format.
HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm and the third Thursday of every month, 10 am-9:30 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission.
INFO: Call 866-745-1876 or visit our Web site at www.pem.org.
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