Is Now the Dream? Hina-ningyō Portraits + Landscapes features the work of Pat Brown, a local Austin photographer who explores the cultural aesthetic of Japan, both past and present.
Hina-ningyō–hand-crafted Japanese dolls–represent members of the Japanese imperial courts. The photographer’s work brings out the unique expressiveness in each doll, revealing the human and poetic dimensions of their unchanging and timeless expressions.
Landscape and architectural photographs of Japan round out the exhibit, suggesting what one might have seen during the Edo period prior to Commodore Perry’s opening of Japan to the West in the 1850s, and thus, at the same time Abner Cook was completing our historic house across the world in Austin, Texas.