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Exhibition: Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms & Armor / Cincinnati, OH

02/11/2017 - 05/07/2017

130 warrior-related objects selected from the museum collection and the collection of Gary Grose will be on display to introduce Japanese samurai culture and arts from the 16th to 19th centuries.
This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on veiw from February 11 through May 5 at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH.

[Image: Suit of armor, 16th century and 18th century, metal, leather, Museum Purchase, 1892.2784.]

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.]

Exhibition: Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952 - 1965 / New York, NY

01/10/2017 - 04/01/2017

Examining the New York art scene during the years between the apex of Abstract Expressionism and the rise of Pop Art and Minimalism, Inventing Downtownis the first show to survey this period from the vantage point of its artist-run galleries, featuring crucibles of experimentation that radically changed the art world. The exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from January 10 through April 1 at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, New York, NY.

[Image: Minoru Niizuma, Yoko Ono and others at the Chambers Street loft, 1962, Gelatin silver or digital print, printed 2016, 8 x 10 in., Collection of Yoko Ono, New York.]

Exhibition: Utamaro and the Lure of Japan / Hartford, CT

01/07/2017 - 03/26/2017

This exhibition is the long-awaited celebration of Japanese art collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Its own Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara by ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) will be displayed alongside its recently re-discovered companion Fukagawa in the Snow from the Okada Museum. The works will be on display along with selection of prints, drawings, decorative art objects from the late 19th century. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from January 7 through March 26 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT.

[Image: Kitagawa Utamaro, Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara, c. 1793, ink, gouache, gold and gold-leaf on bamboo paper, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1957.17.]

Exhibition & Cultural Event: Public programs for Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection / Williamstown, MA

12/10/2016 - 04/02/2017

The first exhibition at the Clark to focus on the Institute’s permanent collection of Japanese prints, the show spans more than a century of Japanese color woodblock printing as represented by three generations of artists who produced prints from the 1830s to the 1970s. The JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture partially supported selected programs to coincide with Japanese Impressions.

The exhibition is on view through April 2 at the Clark Art Institute, 225 South St, Williamstown, MA. Please refer to the Clark's website for updates on the public events.

[Image: Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858). Awa Province: Naruto Whirlpools, from Famous Places in the Sixty-Odd Provinces, 1855. Color woodblock print. Gift of the Rodbell Family Collection, 2014.16.6.]

Exhibition: Isamu Noguchi, Archaic / Modern / Washington, DC

11/11/2016 - 03/19/2017

Isamu Noguchi, one of the most prominent sculptors of the twentieth century, is the subject of this exhibition that explores how the ancient world shaped this artist's innovative vision for the future. The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from November 11, 2016 through March 19, 2017 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th & F Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

[Image: Isamu Noguchi, Grey Sun, 1967, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.]

Exhibition: Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia / Lawrence, KS

11/10/2016 - 03/12/2017

The exhibition will explore a rich mosaic of ideas about time and history from a generation of artists embedded in what has been dubbed "the Asian Century." This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from November 10, 2016 though March 12, 2017 at Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS.

[Image: Konoike Tomoko (born 1960, Akita, Japan; lives and works in Tokyo, Japan). mimio-odyssey (video still), 2005. Single channel video projected on book, 11: 30 min. Museum purchase: Helen Foresman Spencer Art Acquisition Fund, 2010.0194.]

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