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Association for Asian Studies Conference 2015 / Chicago, IL

03/26/2015 - 03/29/2015

The Japan Foundation will host two events at this year’s AAS Conference:
The Japan Foundation Reception (Fri., Mar. 27, 7:30-9:30pm in “Sheraton 3”)
Japanese Studies Grant Programs Information Session (Sat., Mar. 28, 1:00-2:30pm in “Ohio” Meeting Room)


Exhibition: Divergent Currents: The Ripple Effect of Japan on American Ceramic Artists at Clay Art Center / Port Chester, NY

03/21/2015 - 05/09/2015

The exhibition, curated by master potter Jeff Shapiro, explores the Japanese culture and its extraordinary influence on 14 contemporary American ceramic artists who have ties to Japan through heritage, life experience or creative influence. This exhibition is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Akio Takemori, Sleeping Woman in Pink Dress, 2013, stoneware with underglazes, 10x27x15”]

Exhibition: For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979 at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston / Houston, TX

03/07/2015 - 07/12/2015

This exhibition surveys photographs, photo books, paintings, sculpture, and film-based installations by 29 Japanese artists during the political and social turmoil of 1960s and early 70s, and demonstrates how the artists and photographers enlisted the camera to make experimental and conceptual shifts in their artistic practices during a time of such radical societal change. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Photo: Daidō Moriyama, from Accident, 1969, gelatin silver print, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Shadai Gallery. © Daidō Moriyama]

Exhibition: Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano at the Philadelphia Museum of Art / Philadelphia, PA

02/16/2015 - 05/10/2015

This exhibition explores the stunning artistry of the esteemed Kano painters, the most enduring and influential school of painting in Japanese history. Presenting more than 120 works of art spanning the school’s long and illustrious history with a focus on large-scale, gold leaf folding screens and sliding doors designed for residences of Japan’s ruling elite, the show also includes ink paintings, hanging scrolls, and folding fans. This exhibition is the first outside Japan—and the first anywhere since 1979—to so fully examine the Kano painters’ legacy. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Kano Hōgai, Two Dragons [in Clouds], 1885, Ink on paper, framed, 35 1/2 x 53 1/4 inches (90.2 x 135.3 cm), Gift of Mrs. Moncure Biddle in memory of her father, Ernest F. Fenollosa, 1940
1940-41-1]

Exhibition: Masterpieces of Japanese Art at Cincinnati Art Museum / Cincinnati, OH

02/14/2015 - 08/30/2015

This exhibition features approximately 100 Japanese masterpieces from the museum’s permanent collection. The show is designed to provide viewers not only with a better understanding of Japanese art and its aesthetics, but also a unique regional perspective through the history of the collection. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Ogawa Haritsu (1663–1747); Animal Story Scroll (detail); Edo period (1615–1868); Handscroll, ink and colors on paper; 24.6 × 668.3 cm; Gift of the Robert F. Blum Estate, 1906.4]

Exhibition: Between Action and Unknown – The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga at Dallas Museum of Art / Dallas, TX

02/08/2015 - 06/19/2015

This exhibition highlights the experimental and innovative quality of the two prominent artists associated with Gutai Art Association —the leading avant-garde group of postwar Japanese artists—, Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga. It showcases creative production through nearly 60 works of paintings, drawings, photographs, films, small-scale sculpture, Gutai-related ephemera and re-creations of outdoor installations—many of which have never been exhibited in the United States. This exhibition is co-organized by The Japan Foundation and Dallas Museum of Art.

[Image: Motonaga Sadamasa, Red and Yellow, 1963, Oil, synthetic resin, and gravel on canvas
Mie Prefectural Art Museum © Estate of Motonaga Sadamasa]

Exhibition: Hiroshi Sugimoto – Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models at the Phillips Collection / Washington, DC

02/07/2015 - 05/10/2015

This exhibition features six photographs and three sculptures by the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948), and is the first exhibition to contrast Sugimoto’s mathematical photographs of 19th-century mathematical plaster models inspired by Man Ray with his own aluminum or stainless-steel mathematical models crafted with computer-controlled, precision milling machines. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Surface of Revolution with Constant Negative Curvature (Mathematical Model 009), 2006. Aluminum and mirror, 76 x 27 1/2 in. diam. Pace Gallery, New York]

Exhibition: Modern Twist – Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art at Florida Institute of Technology / Melbourne, FL

01/31/2015 - 04/25/2015

This exhibition exploring the innovative shape bamboo art has taken since the mid-twentieth century. Curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and organized by International Arts and Artists, Modern Twist features a stunning selection of works from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. With rare wall-hung installations and pieces never before seen in the United States, this exhibition both engages and educates audiences about a vibrant cultural art form. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Uematsu Chikuyu, Sound of Wind, 1991. Bamboo (madake), rattan, lacquer; Photo © Susan Einstein.]

Exhibition: Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park / Grand Rapids, MI

01/30/2015 - 08/16/2015

With the partnership with Shiga Prefecture, the sister state of Michigan, this exhibition will display more than 60 Japanese historical works of art from the 17th century to the present day, including Shigaraki pottery, delicate scrolls, screens, kimono, and functional objects. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Kimono“Flowers,”Yuzen style dyeing by Moriguchi Kakō (1909-2008)1983. Silk; Photo courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan]

Exhibition: Ancient to Modern: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and their Sources at San Antonio Museum of Art / San Antonio, TX

01/17/2015 - 04/04/2015

Featuring the work of several leading artists like Takahiro Kondo, Eiko Kishi and the late Yasukage Kato, this exhibition will survey ancient tradition as well as new techniques in contemporary ceramics. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Miyashita Zenji, Ki no jooshoo; Rising Air, 2004. Stoneware and colored clay bands with clear overglaze. 19 ¼ x 12 ¼ x 6 7/8 inches. C.J. and Susan L. Peters Collection. Photograph by Richard Goodbody.]

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