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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
1940-41-1]

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]

Performance: Music From Japan: East Asian Vibrancy / New York, NY; Washington, DC

02/07/2015 - 02/10/2015

Three internationally acclaimed traditional instrumentalists from Japan, Korea, and China, will perform contemporary and classical repertoire on their respective instruments as soloists and as a trio. Mayumi Miyata will perform on Japanese sho, a reedy sounding mouth organ traditionally used in gagaku, the ancient court music of Japan; Chinese-American Wu Man will perform on the pipa, a Chinese lute; and Korean-American Jin Hi Kim will perform on a Korean zither called the komungo.

Tour Schedule:
Feb 7: Asia Society (New York, NY)
Feb 10: Freer Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)

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

[Photo:  L to R: Mayumi Miyata, Wu Man, Jin Hi Kim]

Exhibition: World of Shōjo Manga: Mirrors of Girls¡Ç Desires at The Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College / New York, NY

02/04/2015 - 02/27/2015

This exhibition explores the history of shojo manga, featuring more than sixty works dating from the 1950s to the present. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Machiko Satonaka, Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters), 2013; A visual interpretation of the Kojiki, the oldest extant chronicle in Japan. The Kojiki is a collection of myths concerning the origins of Japan’s home islands and the Kami (the sacred spirits of the Shinto religion.)]

Performance: Japanese Arts in Latin America: ¡ÈThe Thunder Drummers of Japan¡É by Taiko Masala / Guatemala City, Guatemala; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Punta del Este, Uruguay

02/02/2015 - 02/12/2015

New York based Japanese drum performers will tour Guatemala, Honduras and Uruguay for performances in various venues, to mark the occasion of 80th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Central America in 2015. Click here for more on Taiko Masala.

This event is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Guatemala, Honduras, and Uruguay.

For more information about Japanese Arts in Latin America, please click here.

Exhibition: Modern Twist – Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art at Florida Institute of Technology / Melbourne, FL

01/31/2015 - 04/25/2015

This exhibition exploring the innovative shape bamboo art has taken since the mid-twentieth century. Curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and organized by International Arts and Artists, Modern Twist features a stunning selection of works from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. With rare wall-hung installations and pieces never before seen in the United States, this exhibition both engages and educates audiences about a vibrant cultural art form. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Uematsu Chikuyu, Sound of Wind, 1991. Bamboo (madake), rattan, lacquer; Photo © Susan Einstein.]

Performance: Pinocchio / Boston, MA

01/30/2015 - 02/22/2015

The world premiere of an original adaptation influenced by Japanese theatrical traditions, Pinocchio’s adventures are told through mystical creatures, live musicians, and gymnastic choreography, making the transformation of an animated puppet into a real live boy, a magical, dynamic, and deeply moving experience. This program is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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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