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Exhibition: Impressions of the Natural World: Japanese Prints from the Special Collection Division / Newark, NJ

04/18/2016 - 08/06/2016

The exhibit of woodblock prints and ehon (illustrated books) at the Newark Public Library will feature a selection of kachō-ga ("pictures of birds and flowers") by artists such as Hiroshige, Koson, Utamaro, Bairei, Yoshida, and many others. The show coincides with the celebrated Cherry Blossom Festival at Branch Brook Park and the 350th Anniversary of the City of Newark. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 21, from 6:00-7:30pm. These events are supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) -Small Program Grant.

[Image: Hoitsu Sakai, et al. Illustration from Flowers of the Four Seasons (Shiki no Hana), Volume 1 (Spring), 1908. Woodblock. Special Collections Division, The Newark Public Library.]

Performance: East Meets West Brunch / New York

04/10/2016 - 05/29/2016

Blue Note Jazz Club and the Japan Foundation present the East Meets West Brunch series to introduce Japanese jazz to New York audiences. This brunch series will take place on Sundays starting from April 10th to May 29th at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Performance Schedule:
(Two show times at 11:30am and 1:30pm each day)
April 10, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Hiromi Suda Sextet
April 17, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Yoko Miwa Trio
April 24, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Martha Kato Ensemble
May 15, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Kyoko Oyobe Group
May 22, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Shoko Amano with Norman Simmons Quartet
May 29, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Nobuki Takamen Trio

Exhibition: Mizue Sawano: Images of Brooklyn Botanic Garden / Brooklyn, NY

03/26/2016 - 06/12/2016

This exhibition at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden focuses on the artist’s paintings of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden—a fitting tribute to the garden, which celebrates its centennial this year. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: A Rippling Restlessness, Mizue Sawano]

Exhibition: A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond / New York, NY

03/13/2016 - 07/04/2016

A Japanese Constellation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) focuses on the network of architects and designers that has developed around Pritzker Prize winners Toyo Ito and SANAA. Providing an overview of Ito’s career and his influence as a mentor to a new generation of Japanese architects, the exhibition presents recent works by internationally acclaimed designers in Japan. This exhibition is supported by Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Toyo Ito. Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan. 1995-2001. © Naoya Hatakeyama]

Exhibition: In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 / New York, NY

03/11/2016 - 06/12/2016

The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck northeast Japan on March 11, 2011 and triggered an on-going nuclear crisis has been met with an overwhelming reaction in the arts, marking a profound shift in the contemporary Japanese cultural landscape. Opening five years to the day since 3/11, this exhibition at Japan Society reveals a stunning range of photographic responses to the disaster and the artistic paths that lie ahead as Japan continues to rebuild. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Lieko Shiga (b. 1980), Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore) 46 from the series Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore), 2011. Photograph, chromogenic print. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum purchase with funds donated by Jerry Fielder and Daniel Campbell, 2015.2950 © Lieko Shiga.]

Exhibition: Blue Echoes: Quilts by Shizuko Kuroha / Lincoln, NE

03/04/2016 - 05/25/2016

Shimmering, floating, expanding, receding – Shizuko Kuroha’s quilts resonate with an ethereal energy. Antique Japanese indigo-dyed textiles give her work depth; traditional "sarasa" fabrics—block prints in a lighter palette of beiges, grays, reds, and indigos—provide counterpoint, creating synergy between dark and light, figure and ground, tangible and intangible. Kuroha has been a leader of the Japanese studio quilt movement for more than 30 years. This exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Photo by Akinori Miyashita]

Exhibition: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World / Delray Beach, FL

02/26/2016 - 05/08/2016

This exhibition at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices.
This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: © Kip Fulbeck]

Exhibition: International Pop / Philadelphia, PA

02/24/2016 - 05/15/2016

This exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art chronicles Pop art’s emergence as an international movement, migrating from the United Kingdom and the United States to western and eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Oiran, 1968. Ushio Shinohara, Japanese, born 1932. Plexiglass and acrylic on canvas. 72-1/4 x 72-1/4 in. Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo]

Exhibition: Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan / New York, NY

02/09/2016 - 05/08/2016

Drawn from private and museum collections in the US and Europe, this exhibition at the Asia Society examines for the first time the interplay of realism and the sacred in more than thirty Buddhist masterpieces from the Kamakura period (1183 – 1333). This exhibition is supported by Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Head of a Guardian King. Kamakura period, 13th century. Polychromed Japanese cypress (hinoki) with lacquer on cloth, inlaid rock crystal eyes, and filigree metal crown. H. 22 1⁄16 x W. 10¼ x D. 13 15⁄16 in. (56 x 26 x 35.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 86.21. Image courtesy of Brooklyn Museum.]

Film: Seijun Suzuki Retrospective / Washington, DC; Austin, TX; New York, NY; Cleveland, OH; Nashville, TN; Minneapolis, MN; Chicago, IL; Toronto, Canada; Los Angeles, CA; Vancouver, Canada; Annandale-On-Hudson, NY; Philadelphia, PA and more

10/09/2015 - 06/02/2016

In a career spanning nearly five decades, Seijun Suzuki amassed a body of work ranging from B movie potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries. He remains a cult figure outside of Japan and has influenced a number of contemporary directors, such as Jim Jarmusch, Wong Kar-wai, and Quentin Tarantino. This is the first retrospective of the filmmaker’s work in North America.

Tour Schedule
October 9 – December 20: Freer and Sackler Galleries (Washington, DC)
October 9 – November 18: Austin Film Society (Austin, TX)
November 6 – November 17: Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
November 14 – December 19: Cleveland Cinematheque (Cleveland, OH)
November 20 – December 7: Belcourt Theatre (Nashville, TN)
December 2 & 3: Japan Information Cultural Center (Washington, DC)
December 30, 2015  – January 21, 2016: Cinema Arts Centre (Huntington, NY)

January 1 – Jannuary 31: Trylon Microcinema (Minneapolis, MN)
January 2 – February 3: Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago, IL)
January 30 – April 2: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto, CANADA)
February 5 – March 13: UCLA Film and Television Archive (Los Angeles, CA)
February 20 – March 12: Vancouver Cinematheque (Vancouver, CANADA)
February 17 – March 16 : Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)
April 2 - April 16: International House Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
April 8 - April 29: Northwest Film Center (Portland, OR)
April 9 - April 30: Grand Illusion Cinema (Seattle, WA)
April 13 - May 11: Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA)
May 7 - June 30: UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA)
May 13 - June 2: Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge, MA)
May 18 - June 2: Brattle Theatre (Cambridge, MA)

(Dates are subject to change.)

This traveling retrospective is co-organized by the Japan Foundation and the participating venues.

[Image: Kagero-za © 1981 presented by LittleMore Co., Ltd.]

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