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Performance: Miwa Yanagi's Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape / New York, NY; Washington, DC; Towson, MD; Toronto, Canada; Los Angeles, CA

01/29/2015 - 02/28/2015

Stranded in Japan during WWII, a young Japanese-American woman was forced to serve as a radio broadcaster for a propaganda program controlled by the Japanese Imperial Army, and was subsequently tried for treason. Seventy years later, this historic incident is brought to life through a visually stunning whodunit, conceived, written and directed by internationally renowned visual artist Miwa Yanagi. Brimming with iconic imagery from her rich body of photographic work, Zero Hour tells the multi-layered story of a woman caught between two nations during the war. 

[Tour Schedule]
Jan 29 - 31: Japan Society (New York, NY)
Feb 6 -7: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC)
Feb 13: Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University (Towson, MD)
Feb 21: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto, Canada)
Feb 26 - 28: REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)

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

[Photo: © Miwa Yanagi]

Exhibition: Ancient to Modern: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and their Sources at San Antonio Museum of Art / San Antonio, TX

01/17/2015 - 04/04/2015

Featuring the work of several leading artists like Takahiro Kondo, Eiko Kishi and the late Yasukage Kato, this exhibition will survey ancient tradition as well as new techniques in contemporary ceramics. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Miyashita Zenji, Ki no jooshoo; Rising Air, 2004. Stoneware and colored clay bands with clear overglaze. 19 ¼ x 12 ¼ x 6 7/8 inches. C.J. and Susan L. Peters Collection. Photograph by Richard Goodbody.]

Exhibition: Japanese Pottery: The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese Kilns at Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in Piedmont College / Demorest, GA

12/01/2014 - 01/31/2015

This traveling exhibition, on loan from The Japan Foundation, is a masterful survey of diverse ceramic works from leading and up-and-coming-artists from Japan. This exhibition is co-organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta.


[Image: Atsushi Miyanishi: Blue-glazed vase with wave motif]

Exhibition: Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture 1920 – 1945 at the Dayton Art Institute / Dayton, OH

11/15/2014 - 01/25/2015

With nearly 200 works, this exhibition reveals the widespread and particular impact of Art Deco on Japanese culture through a wide range of mediums - sculpture, painting, prints, ceramics, lacquer ware, jewelry, textiles, furniture, and graphic ephemera. This exhibition is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Hisamaro (dates unknown), Songbook for “From Nihonbashi” (Nihonbashi kara), 1931, Color lithograph, inks on paper, Published by Hakubi Shuppansha, Printed by Kishimoto Fukutaro-, Tokyo, 26.2 x 19.1 cm (1015/16 x 7½ in.), Signed: H Hisamaro

Exhibition: Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Richmond, VA

11/15/2014 - 03/29/2015

Through the wooldblock prints of Kawase Hasui, this exhibition explores the themes of nostalgia and longing — the search for individual and national identity in Japan during the early Taisho period, an era of dizzying social and cultural change. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Image: Asahi Bridge, Ojiya, from the series Souvenirs of Travel II, 1921, Kawase Hasui (Japanese, 1883-1957), color woodblock print, 14 3.16 x 9 7/16 in. René and Carolyn Balcer Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2006.291

Exhibition: Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi at Asia Society Texas Center / Houston, TX

10/25/2014 - 02/15/2015

This exhibition focuses on recent sculptures by Bidou Yamaguchi that apply the forms, techniques, transformative spirit, and mysterious elegance of Noh masks to iconic female portraits from the European art historical canon, and to Kabuki actor prints of Sharaku, Japan’s enigmatic 18th century portrait master. These works radically extend Noh’s transformation of souls across time and space, projecting them into new cultural and physical dimensions. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center]

Exhibition: Prospect New Orleans / New Orleans, LA

10/25/2014 - 01/25/2015

Internationally renowned architect and 2014 recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Shigeru Ban will participate in Prospect New Orleans exhibiting his maquettes and design plans at the Longue Vue House and Gardens | Classical Revival mansion and gardens. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Exhibition: Lethal Beauty at Katonah Museum of Art / Katonah, NY

10/12/2014 - 01/04/2015

With 63 works by master craftsmen from the 13th to 20th centuries, this exhibition features five full sets of armor, masks, helmets, and warrior hats, as well as a pair of 17th-century folding screens by a Kano school artist depicting battle scenes from the famous Tale of the Heike, one of the greatest warrior epics in Japanese literature that marks the dawn of samurai honor, valor, and fortitude. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo by Forrest Cavale and Zach Niles]

Exhibition: Paramodel at University of Michigan Museum of Art / Ann Arbor, MI

08/30/2014 - 01/04/2015

The first solo exhibition in the US for the Japanese art collaborative Paramodel, established by Yasuhiko Hayashi (born 1971) and Yûsuke Nakano (born 1976), will feature a new installation derived from their most famous series, paramodelic graffiti. The exhibition will create an experience for visitors full of what the team calls "paradoxes."

This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.
Image: Paramodel, paramodelic graffiti, 2012, Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, ©paramodel

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