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review of "Reflections of Beauty: Women from Japan's Floating World" at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA, excerpt, April 20, 2006
The Los Angeles Times,
Weekend Calendar , p.E14
'To show that images of courtesans and geisha still resonate today, guest curator Dr. Kendall Brown also included in the exhibition works by contemporary artists Moira Hahn, Masami Teraoka, Iona Rozeal Brown, and Gajin Fujita...Hahn was smitten with ukiyo-e when she was introduced to Hokusai's work as a college student. Today, as the art department chair at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, she sees the influence of ukiyo-e continuing in a new generation of students. "One of the reasons I started working with ukiyo-e is it allowed me a vehicle to mix elements of Japanese popular culture that have been adopted by Americans, youths in particular, like anime, manga and whole-body tattoos," says 49-year-old Hahn, whose image of a geisha a la Edvard Munch's "The Scream" was used for a 1996 cover of the Asian edition of Time magazine. "As a teacher, I've had kids coming in covered head to toe with beautiful work by Hokusai, and I find that very inspiring."