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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: Yakishime - Earth Metamorphosis / Chicago, IL

01/04/2017 - 01/22/2017

This exhibition, on loan from The Japan Foundation, focuses on a ceramic technique, yakishime, which is the firing of unglazed wares at high temperatures. 82 works of yakishime, including earliest examples to contemporary works, will be showcased to introduce an aspect of this unique Japanese culture. This exhibition is co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago.

The exhibion is on view from January 4 through January 22 at the Japan Information Center, 737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL.

[Image: Kyoko Tokumaru, Shukuenjima - The blessing fire island, 2015.]

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.]

Exhibition: Kishio Suga / New York, NY

11/05/2016 - 07/29/2017

Kishio Suga, the founding member of the Mono-ha (School of Things) movement in the 1960s and 1970s in Japan, is featured in this exhibition with a body of works, old and new, in response to the unique history of the building as a marble-cutting facility. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from November 5, 2016 though July 2017 at Dia:Chelsea, West 22nd Street, New York, NY.

[Image: Kishio Suga, Diagonal Phase, 1969/2012. Installation view, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. © Kishio Suga. Photo: Tsuyoshi Sato. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.]

Exhibition: Japanese Prints of Kabuki Theater from the Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art / Ann Arbor, MI

10/15/2016 - 01/29/2017

This exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art features woodblock prints of Kabuki actors, who were superstars in eighteenth- and nineteenth- century Japan. These prints include off- or backstage portrayals of the actors, fantasy scenes of actors in unlikely groupings, and even death portraits of especially famous actors, created by major artists such as Utagawa Toyokuni, Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Toyohara Kunichika. This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Toyohara Kunichika, Twelve Hours of Magic, Hour of the Sheep: Iwai Hanshirō VIII as Shōden from The Heroic Tales of Jiraiya, Meiji era (1868-1912), 1877, color woodblock print on paper. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. James Hayes, 2003/1.416.]

Exhibition: Tokyo-Ga / Miami, FL

08/24/2016 - 02/28/2017

Originated as a response to the disasters in Japan in 2011 that brought about an awareness of the global connectedness of not just the Japanese people but of all humanity, 51 photographs featuring the city of Tokyo will be on display at MIA Galleries at Miami International Airport. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Yukinori Tokoro]

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