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The Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana is presenting an exhibit titled “The Japanese Woodblock Print: An Extension of the Impermanent” Feb. 20 through April 19 in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.

An opening reception Feb. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. will feature Japanese cuisine and a traditional shamisen performance by UM visiting assistant professor Simon Hutchinson.

Members of the printmaking program will be on hand to demonstrate Japanese woodblock printing techniques.

The exhibit features 60 prints from the George and Claire Louden Collection, combined with 25 prints from the MMAC’s permanent collection of Japanese woodblock prints. The works date from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries, and are by well-known Japanese masters such as Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kunisada and others.

Two rare Japanese Friendship Dolls will also be on display: Miss Tottori, a doll on loan from South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre, and Miss Aomori, a doll on loan from a private collection.

Both will be displayed and the subject of a lecture by scholar Alan Scott Pate, author of “Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll” and “Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo,” on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., in the Montana Theatre located in the PAR/TV Center.

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Leland Buck is the Missoulian's Online Editor. Follow @lelandbuck on Twitter or reach him at leland.buck@missoulian.com or 406-523-5212 

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