Past Exhibitions

Matsubara: A Celebration in Pittsburgh

March 7, 2009 – June 7, 2009



For almost 50 years, Naoko Matsubara has explored the medium of the woodblock print, creating a body of works that are bold, often large scale, and always captivating.  

This retrospective of over 60 works provides an overview of Matsubara’s career, from her earliest prints, in which she investigated representational imagery using innovative black-and-white techniques, to her current experimentations with abstraction and vibrant color. She infuses her striking images, from dancers caught in motion to swaying trees, with a sense of movement and vitality. Raised in Kyoto, Japan, Matsubara received her MFA in 1962 from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University. Many of the prints on view have particular resonance with Pittsburgh. Matsubara: A Celebration in Pittsburgh will be on view at the same time as a related exhibition at Chatham University, which will focus on the artist’s book projects and watercolor handscrolls. 

Exhibition Credits

General support for the museum’s exhibition program is provided by The Heinz Endowments, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Allegheny Regional Asset District. 

Installation Views