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Performance: The Hot Springs Concert Band's Spring Concert / Hot Springs, AR


The 2015 Spring Concert performed by the Hot Springs Concert Band will highlight Japanese composer Masao Yabe. Yabe will lead the band in the US debut of three of his original compositions. This performance is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Performance: East Meets West Brunch / New York, NY

04/05/2015 - 05/03/2015

Blue Note 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 five consecutive Sundays from April 5 through May 3 at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Performance Schedule
(Two show times at 11:30am and 1:30pm each day)

April 5, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Mika Mimura Group
April 12, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Hiromi Suda
April 19, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Martha Kato Trio
April 26, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Sumie Kaneko
May 3, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Takeshi Ohbayashi Trio

Exhibition: Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl / Los Angeles, CA

03/29/2015 - 06/07/2015

This exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents 450 years of Raku ware. It comprises 94 works from the serene, monochromatic tea bowls of founder Chōjirō, which most directly reflect the wabi tea ceremony ideals of legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu, to the strikingly original innovations of the current Raku master. This exhibition is co-organized by the Japan Foundation, the Raku Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

[Chōjirō, red Raku tea bowl named Tarōbō (an Important Cultural Property of Japan) photo: Masayuki Miyahara]

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

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: 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]

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