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Exhibition: Gutai: Splendid Playground / New York, NY

02/15/2013 - 05/08/2013

The Guggenheim Museum will open the first U.S. museum retrospective exhibition ever devoted to Gutai, the most influential artists collective and artistic movement in postwar Japan and among the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and '60s.
This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Exhibitions Abroad Support program.
Image: Murakami Saburō, Passing Through, 1956
Performance view: 2nd Gutai Art Exhibition, Ohara Kaikan, Tokyo, ca. October 11-17, 1956
© Makiko Murakami and the former members of the Gutai Art Association, courtesy Museum of Osaka University

Exhibition: War is for the Living / New York, NY

02/14/2013 - 03/23/2013

This exhibition at Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery provokes questions about our relationship to a world permeated by endless violations. It brings together a distinguished group of emerging and established artists whose works provoke questions about the everyday of war, the relationships formed and broken by war, the displacements that people must endure because of war, and the inadvertent histories, technologies, and trajectories that arise from the prevalence of war.
This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture program.  The exhibition is also sponsored by the New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute and the Vilcek Foundation.
Image: Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, Dust, 2002, floor installation and video, dust gathered near the 9/11 Ground Zero, Image courtesy of the artist

Exhibition: World Heritage Photo Exhibition / Spartanburg, SC

02/08/2013 - 03/29/2013

The Japan Foundation is pleased to announce the loan of Japanese World Heritage photos to Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi which highlight the remarkable structures and landscapes that Japan has committed to preserving.

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

Exhibition: Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor / Manchester, NH

02/02/2013 - 05/05/2013

Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshure will exhibit the striking duality of deadly weaponry and artistic beauty from the Samurai culture of centuries past. With approximately 60 works by more than 30 master craftsmen from the 1200s to 1900s, Lethal Beauty features full suits of armor, helmets, warrior hats, face masks, long and short swords, daggers, rifles and more.
This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture program.
Image:Fantastic helmet with black-lacquered bear's head, late 1500s. Iron, black laquer, and white cord. Courtesy of Private Collection.

Exhibition: Xijing Men / Lawrence, KS and Kansas City, MO

02/01/2013 - 04/03/2013

The inaugural North American exhibition by the internationally renowned Xijing Men: artists Tsuyoshi Ozawa (Japan), Chen Shaoxiong (China), and Gimhongsok (Korea) will be in Kansas City for a 10-day residency to create and install a new work, which will then be included at an exhibition at H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, in Kansas City, Missouri.
This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture program.

Performance: Seinendan Theater Company + Osaka University Robot Theater Project / Columbus, OH, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Burlington, VT, Pittsburgh, PA

01/31/2013 - 02/02/2013, 02/07/2013 - 02/09/2013, 02/15/2013 - 02/16/2013, 02/21/2013 - 02/22/2013, 03/08/2013 - 03/09/2013

Short plays by Oriza Hirata, founder of Japan's celebrated Seinendan Theater Company,  "Sayonara (android and human actors)" and "I, Worker (robots and human actors)" was developed in collaboration with Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, a leading international researcher on robotics and Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University. Sayonara will be performed in English and Japanese with English subtitles. I, Worker will be performed in Japanese with English subtitles.

January 31 - February 2: Wexner Center for the Arts
February 7 - 9: Japan Society
February 15 - 16: Philadelphia Live Arts
February 21 - 22: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
March 8 - 9: Andy Warhol Museum

Castle in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata, and the Masters of Studio Ghibli / Madison, WI

01/27/2013 - 05/12/2013

This 14 film retrospective features not only beloved audience hits like Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, and the Oscar®-winning Spirited Away, but also rarely seen titles like Only Yesterday (directed by Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata) and Tomomi Mochizuki’s Ocean Waves, which have, until now, never been released in North America. 10 of the newly-struck 35mm prints will be shown in the original Japanese with English subtitles, while the remaining four will be screened in excellent English language versions. All screenings take place at the Chazen Museum of Art.

This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

(glowing) / Miami, FL

01/25/2013 - 01/26/2013

Inspired by the famous writer Jun'ichiro Tanizaki's Praise of Shadows, Kota Yamazaki's (glowing), featuring 6 dancers, examines Japanese aesthetics in terms of the search for beauty within darkness/shadow.

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

As if Our Eyes Were in Our Hands – The Films of Susumu Hani / Cambridge, MA

01/18/2013 - 01/28/2013

Susumu Hani (b. 1928) is one of the central and most unusual filmmakers of the astonishing New Wave that reinvented Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and 1960s. The director of such indelible, now classic, works as Bad Boys, Nanami: The Inferno of First Love, A Full Life and The Song of Bwana Toshi, Hani forged a unique path through the tumultuous postwar years, pioneering and combining forms of poetic documentary and engaged art cinema to define a singular mode of avant-garde humanism.  Susumu Hani will also make a rare visit to the US, together with his wife, actress and producer Kimiko Nukamura.

Performance: Contemporary and Traditional Music of Japan and Beyond / Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados

01/13/2013 - 01/18/2013

Fue (Japanese flute) and taiko drum performer Kaoru Watanabe and taiko performer / composer Isaku Kageyama will travel to Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados for performance and workshop.  They will perform traditional as well as contemporary pieces and collaborate with local musicians.
This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad & Tobago.

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