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Film: 14th New York Asian Film Festival / New York, NY

06/26/2015 - 07/08/2015

The New York Asian Film Festival, North America’s largest Asian film festival, brings the best of the newest Asian films. This year 8 Japanese films will be showcased, including the North American premier of Daihachi Yoshida’s PALE MOON (2014). The Film Festival will also present The Last Men in Japanese Film, a special 6-film tribute to two legendary Japanese actors: Ken Takakura and Bunta Sugawara. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: © 2014 "Pale Moon" Film Partners]

Performance: A Body in a Station / New York, NY

06/22/2015 - 06/24/2015

In the River To River Festival, Eiko will present A Body in a Station, a duration solo performance. This non-theatrical performance continues her exploration of fragility of the body within public places that mutually affects and is affected by the gaze of those passers-by who come upon her. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Photo: William Johnston.]

Performance: SACRA! Urashima Taro, A Fisherman°«s Story / New York, NY

06/21/2015

The Arts Cure Center will present Urashima Taro, A Fisherman’s Story based on a classic Japanese folktale. The story will be told through dance and music without any speaking. This is part of their SACRA! (Save A Cultural Resource for Asians!) program. This performance is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Exhibition: Artists from Postwar Japan Part II: Inspired in New York, 1960s - 1970s / New York, NY

06/18/2015 - 07/15/2015

This exhibition will showcase masterpieces by 24 Japanese artists who arrived in New York between the 1950s and the 1970s. Through the exhibition, visitors can understand the influence the New York art scene had on the artworks of these artists and how their new expressions with Japanese sensitivity have become an intrinsic part of the art world. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

[Image: Tadashi Asoma, The Evening Breeze, 1993, 31 x 40 inches, Oil on canvas.]

Lecture: Shigeru Ban °»Works and Humanitarian Activities°… / New York, NY

06/17/2015

Co-sponsored by The Architectural League of New York and The Cooper Union, the internationally acclaimed architect Shigeru Ban will talk about his recent work through the lens of humanitarian activities. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Shigeru Ban Architects, Cardboard Cathedral. Photo by Stephen Goodenough.]

Performance: OQ / New York, NY

06/05/2015 - 06/06/2015

Global traditions flow together in this latest work by Bessie Award-winning choreographer Kota Yamazaki. Inspired by Japanese ritual poetry readings held at the Imperial Palace, Yamazaki's OQ (ōkyu is the phonetic reading of the Japanese word for "palace") features dancers from diverse cultural and dance backgrounds including Western contemporary, butoh and hip-hop. The set is designed by award-winning New York architect collective SO-IL. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Photo: © Tim Trumble]

Performance: ¶–= 3.14.. NOTHINg, or EVERYTHINg / New York, NY

06/04/2015 - 06/07/2015

La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival ’15 will present the world premiere of π= 3.14.. NOTHINg, or EVERYTHINg - With dry tech endless peripheral border - Fukushima - Kabul - Amman - Ramallah – Berlin by the intrepid innovator Yoshiko Chuma, whose commitment to social and political justice permeates all her work. This piece explores the effects of colonization and displacement on national and personal levels. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Exhibition: Jun Kaneko Sculpture at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens / Memphis TN

05/28/2015 - 11/22/2015

Contemporary ceramic artist Jun Kaneko’s large-scale ceramic forms will be on display on the grounds of Dixon Gallery and Gardens. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: June Kaneko, Untitle, Dango, 2005, hand built & glazed ceramic, 79x78x19". Photo credit: Dirk Bakker.]

Exhibition: Immortal Present: Art and East Asia / Pittsfield, MA

05/23/2015 - 09/07/2015

This exhibition will feature the Berkshire Museum’s historic collection of Asian art and will showcase works by a number of significant and influential contemporary artists with ties to Asia. Participating artists include Nobuhito Nishigawara among others. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Nobuhito Nishigawara, 12, 2012, clay with iron coating, and pigment print. Courtesy Tally Beck Contemporary.]


Film: Portraying the Human Condition: The Films of Masaki Kobayashi and Tatsuya Nakadai / Queens, NY

05/15/2015 - 05/24/2015

This retrospective will feature one of the most legendary collaborations in all of Japanese cinema: between director Masaki Kobayashi and actor Tatsuya Nakadai. Nakadai, returning to Museum of the Moving Image for the third time, now realizes a dream of revisiting his collaborations with Kobayashi, including their anti-war masterpiece, the ten-hour trilogy The Human Condition.This event is co-presented with Museum of the Moving Image. In partnership with Subway Cinema. Transportation is supported by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.°°

[Image: Black River © 1957 Shochiku Co.,Ltd.]

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