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Cultural Event: Family Day: Okinawa Lunar New Year / Washington, DC

01/28/2017 - 01/29/2017

Celebrate the Lunar New Year island style. For the closing weekend of the exhibition Bingata! Only in Okinawa, this event will be an all-ages festival that celebrates the traditions of the Ryukyu Kingdom, including traditional dance and karate demonstrations, creating your own bingata pattern, and fishing in the islands' tropical reefs. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on January 28, 10am-5pm and January 29, 1-5pm at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC. The exhibition Bingata! Only in Okinawa is on view through January 30.

[Image: Yuko Tamanaha, watansu with clouds, Chinese phoenix, pine, wisteria, sparrows, bamboo, and peonies on a yellow ground, 2014. Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.]

Exhibition: Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art / Houston, TX

01/28/2017 - 07/20/2017

This exhibition examines the rising awareness of bamboo as a medium of innovative art form, bringing works by 17 artists who display a mastery of the supreme technical skills inherent in their imaginatively crafted sculptures. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from January 28 through July 20 at Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX.

[Image: Uematsu Chikuyu, Moon Rise on Autumn Fields, 2007, bamboo (nemagaridake), rattan, lacquer, Japanese washi paper, hemp, photo © Susan Einstein]

Exhibition: Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960 - 1975 / Chicago, IL

01/28/2017 - 04/20/2017

This exhibition provides for the first time a thorough history of the short-lived yet influential Tokyo magazine Provoke, and draws out the many connections between photography, political protest, and performance in postwar Japan. This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from January 28 through April 20 at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL.

[Image: Eikō Hosoe. Japanese, born 1933. Kamaitachi #22, 1965. Gelatin silver print. 39.7 × 26.3 cm (image); 46.5 × 27 cm (paper). The Art Institute of Chicago, Promised gift of a private collection. © Eikō Hosoe. Obj: 221611.]

Exhibition: Washi Paper: Cultural Heritage and Artistic Creativity / New York, NY

01/26/2017 - 02/24/2017

This exhibition introduces the history of traditional handmade washi, the aesthetic beauty of kirikane through the subtle light reflected from haku (gold or silver foil), origami & origata, modern washi sculpture, and sho by a calligrapher whose brush strokes are drawn on handmade washi. This exhibition is nominally supported by the Japan Foundation, New York.

The exhibition is on view from January 26 through February 24 at the Nippon Club, 145 West 57th street, New York, NY.

[Image: Sankaibishi lamp I (diamond pattern) by Koji Shibazaki]

Exhibition: Manga and War / Jersey City, NJ

01/25/2017 - 03/03/2017

Organized by the Kyoto International Manga Museum in 2015 and traveling abroad for the first time, this exhibition commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. This is a rare opportunity to view 24 principal Japanese manga works on the theme of a war, along with original paintings and drawings by several manga authors. This traveling exhibition is made possible in collaboration with Ramapo College Galleries, and is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from January 25 to March 3 at the Visual Arts Gallery, New Jersey City University, 2039 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ.

[Image: Yuki Ozawa, cover art for Atokatanomachi 3, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Kodansha.]

Lecture by Shimabuku for the Exhibition The Animal Mirror / Brooklyn, NY


In conjunction with the current exhibition The Animal Mirror, Japanese artist Shimabuku will discuss his recent work. The evening also serves as the launch event for the exhibition catalog Aqueous Earth & The Animal Mirror. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The lecture takes place on January 24, 6:30pm–8pm at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. The exhibition The Animal Mirror is on view through January 27.

[Image: Shimabuku, Then I decided to give a tour of Tokyo to the octopus from Akashi, 2000, Performance and single channel video, 6 min. 56 sec.]

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