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Courtesans, Cooks, Samurai and Servants: Seduction Opening Party

The art of Seduction comes to life

Thursday, February 19, 7–11 PM
$20 regular, $10 students with valid ID, members free
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In Edo-period Japan (1615–1868), the most celebrated destination for hedonists was the Yoshiwara—a walled and moated pleasure district where patrons could abandon the rigors of daily life in pursuit of sensual delights. With more than 60 works of art, Seduction: Japan’s Floating World | The John C. Weber Collection examines the decadent lifestyle associated with Edo’s (present-day Tokyo) entertainment districts and the enticing, though complicated, world of the Yoshiwara.
On Thurs, Feb 19, the art of "Seduction" comes to life.

Interdisciplinary artist Midori will return armed with cardboard props, wigsand a frisky cast of characters to pepper the party with scenes from the exhibition's centerpiece—a 58-foot scroll depicting a lively visit to the Yoshiwara.

Follow a detailed map of performances throughout the museum, or grab a cocktail and see where the night takes you. This bold and bawdy event—with sexy beats by the one and only Proof (Massive Selector)—is your invitation to take in the exhibition, drink and dance, and experience the intersection of art and desire. There'll also be cash bars, sake tastings and talk ($14), provocative poetry, erotic haiku, a photo booth, Theatre of Yugen and more. Cafe Asia will be open from 7–10 PM.