Install in Action: Setting the Fans Afloat in Painting Edo

January 5, 2021

Ogi nagashi is a Japanese tradition in which women would gather at a bridge at summer’s end, toss their fans over the side, and watch them undulating in the stream. In an effort to replicate the essence of this effect in the special exhibition Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, our installation team positioned a selection of framed fans at different depths on the wall. This time-lapse video shows how full-scale replicas were used as placeholders and then were swapped out with the original works during installation. 

This video is part of our Install in Action series, which provides a behind-the-scenes look into the installation and design of our exhibitions and galleries. 

Join Elie Glyn, assistant director for exhibitions, and Sean Lunsford, exhibition production specialist, for their Art Talk Live event on Thursday, January 21, 2021, as they discuss the creative process behind the planning and installation of this display of framed fans. You can also visit our Vimeo page for more offerings related to the Painting Edo exhibition.