Saturday, February 26, 2011
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ALBANY -- Visitors to the "Sharaku Interpreted ..." exhibit at the Albany Museum of Art are getting a chance to create their own works through the Sharaku Project.
When you go to the museum at 311 Meadowlark Drive during the run of the show, you'll receive a small white envelope from a stack contained in the first of two red square receptacles in the main gallery.
Inside each envelope are two cards. Each has a reproduction of a Sharaku image on one side. On one card, the other side is blank. On the second card, you'll find a sketched image, along with the name, age and location of a visitor who saw the exhibit at a previous venue.
"At each venue, they ask for the visitors to draw their favorite person (on the blank card)," Albany Museum of Art Curator Merritt Giles said. "You put it back in the envelope and place it in the other red square."
Those cards containing images created by Albany museum visitors will travel with the show to its next destination, where the process repeats.
"The Sharaku Project is something the Japan Foundation put together that goes with the show wherever it goes," Giles said. "It's just a memento to take home from the show. The person at the next venue gets to take your drawing with them. It's a nice interactive thing for people to do."
The "Sharaku Interpreted ..." exhibition continues at AMA through March 26. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and admission is free.
-- Jim Hendricks