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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:Erotic Grotesque Nonsense (Ero guro nansensu)
Date Made:1930-05
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 11 x 14"; Image: 8.375 x 12.875
Accession Number:  AC 2014.48
Credit Line:Museum purchase with gift of funds from Scott H. Nagle (Class of 1985) in honor of Samuel C. Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The changes taking place in Tokyo after the city was rebuilt in the late 1920s were of endless fascination for the young Kageyama. In an image that he titled Erotic Grotesque Nonsense, a term coined to capture the charged atmosphere of the day in all its variations, he photographs a group of revue girls in glittering costumes (Erotic) surrounding a man who has no legs (Grotesque), at the Casino Follies, the popular revue in Asakusa frequented by unemployed businessmen who had lost their jobs in the Great Depression (Nonsense).

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

theater; women; men; dancers; entertaining; sexuality

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