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Performance: Ryoji Ikeda¡Çs superposition / New York, NY; Minneapolis, MN; Ann Arbor, MI; Los Angeles, CA

10/17/2014 - 11/07/2014

superposition, the latest performance project by visual and sound artist Ryoji Ikeda, explores the way we understand the reality of nature on an atomic scale. Inspired by the mathematical notions of quantum mechanics, Ikeda employs a spectacular combination of synchronized video screens, real-time content feeds, digital sound sculptures, and for the first time in Ikeda’s work, human performers.

Tour Schedule:
Oct 17-18: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Oct 24-25: Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Oct 31-Nov 1: Power Center for the Performing Arts (Ann Arbor, MI)
Nov 7: Royce Hall, UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Photo by Kazuo Fukunaga]

Performance: Strings and Serpents / New York, NY; Huntingdon, PA; Indiana, PA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Burlington, VT; Quebec City, CANADA

10/16/2014 - 10/30/2014

Strings and Serpents, a multi-cultural multi-layered collaboration created by pianist/composer Andy Milne, combines the talents of French pianist Benoit Delbecq, Japan based TsuguKAJI-KOTO duo (Ai Kajigano & Tsugumi Yamamoto) and Japanese animator Saki Murotani. This project merges musical and visual forms into a unified experience, seamlessly blending Japanese and Western cultures.

Tour Schedule:
Oct 16: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
Oct 18: Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA)
Oct 22: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, PA)
Oct 23: PianoForte Foundation (Chicago, IL)
Oct 26: REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)
Oct 28: Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO)
Oct 29: Flynn Space (Burlington, VT)
Oct 30: Musée de Civilisation (Quebec City, Canada)

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Photo by Scott Harrison]

Exhibition: World Heritage Photo Exhibition at Mississippi State University / Mississipi State, MS

10/13/2014 - 11/11/2014

The Japan Foundation is pleased to loan photographic works of World Heritage sites in Japan by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi to the Mississippi State University. The artworks will be on view at the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery.

For details regarding the Japanese World Heritage photo works and their loans please click here.

[Photo: Nachi¡¾taisha Shrine and Nachi no Otaki Fall, Wakayama © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi / PPS]

Exhibition: Lethal Beauty at Katonah Museum of Art / Katonah, NY

10/12/2014 - 01/04/2015

With 63 works by master craftsmen from the 13th to 20th centuries, this exhibition features five full sets of armor, masks, helmets, and warrior hats, as well as a pair of 17th-century folding screens by a Kano school artist depicting battle scenes from the famous Tale of the Heike, one of the greatest warrior epics in Japanese literature that marks the dawn of samurai honor, valor, and fortitude. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo by Forrest Cavale and Zach Niles]

Performance: A Body in a Station / Philadelphia, PA

10/03/2014 - 10/24/2014

Under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts, Eiko Otake will present A Body in a Station, a series of durational solo performance at the Amtrak 30th Street Station in Philadelphia on four consecutive Fridays (the first starts at midday and the last ends at midnight.) This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts Japan program.

[Photo by William Johnston]

Tokyo 1964: Exhibition and film screenings of "ALWAYS - Sunset on Third Street - 3" / New York, NY

10/03/2014 - 10/31/2014

The Consulate General of Japan in New York and Japan Foundation New York celebrates the historic 50th anniversary of the Tokyo Olympics with a display of memorabilia and original material. Curated by Senior Vice President of The Korea Society and former Waseda University Visiting Professor Stephen Noerper, this display of materials includes tickets, programs, press photos, medals, and popular tokens by which the world knew and remembered this historic Olympiad: Asia's first, the first Fall games, and the first broadcast globally via satellite.

There will also be film screenings of ALWAYS - Sunset on Third Street - 3 set in Tokyo at the time of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and a brief pre-movie lecture given by Dr. Noerper at the October 3 screening. These screenings are in Japanese with English subtitles. Admission to the screening is free but RSVP is required. Please RSVP to kanako_shirasaki(a )jfny.org (please change (a) to @) two days prior to each screening.

Time and Date Exhibition: Friday, Oct 3 to Friday, October 31, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm (**closed on weekends & holidays)

Screenings: Friday, Oct 3 at 12 Noon, Friday Oct 17 and Friday, Oct 24 at 6pm

[Image: © "Always3" Film Partners]

Film: Kenji Mizoguchi Retrospective / Astoria, NY; Cambridge, MA; Berkeley, CA; Cleveland, OH; Notre Dame, IN

05/02/2014 - 06/08/2014, 05/16/2014 - 06/16/2014, 06/19/2014 - 08/24/2014, 09/06/2014 - 11/01/2014, 11/04/2014 - 11/12/2014

The most extensive Kenji Mizoguchi retrospective is back in North America for the first time in a couple of decades. Masterpieces such as Ugetsu, The Life of Oharu, and Sisters of the Gion, along with rare films, including Miss Oyu, and A Woman of Rumor, will be shown on the big screen.

May 2 - Jun 8: Museum of Moving Image
May 16 - Jun 23: Harvard Film Archive
Jun 19 - Aug 24: Pacific Film Archive
Sep 6 - Nov 1: Cleveland Cinematheque / Cleveland Museum of Art
Nov 4 - Nov 12: Browning Cinema at the University of Notre Dame

This event is co-presented with Museum of the Moving Image, Harvard Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, Cleveland Cinematheque, and Browning Cinema at the University of Notre Dame.

Exhibition: Paramodel at University of Michigan Museum of Art / Ann Arbor, MI

08/30/2014 - 01/04/2015

The first solo exhibition in the US for the Japanese art collaborative Paramodel, established by Yasuhiko Hayashi (born 1971) and Yûsuke Nakano (born 1976), will feature a new installation derived from their most famous series, paramodelic graffiti. The exhibition will create an experience for visitors full of what the team calls "paradoxes."

This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.
Image: Paramodel, paramodelic graffiti, 2012, Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, ©paramodel

Exhibition: Fujiko Nakaya: Veil at The Glass House / New Canaan, CT

05/01/2014 - 11/30/2014

The first site-specific artist project to engage the iconic Glass House building which was designed by a renowned architect Philip Johnson, Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya will wrap the Glass House in a veil of dense mist that comes and goes. For approximately 10 to 15 minutes each hour, the Glass House will appear to vanish, only to return as the fog dissipates.
This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.
Photo © Richard Barnes, 2014

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