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Conference: Sun & Star Symposium in Japan | U.S.-Japan Relations and Security in the Asia-Pacific: Challenges and Hopes / Tokyo, Japan

06/10/2016 - 06/11/2016

The Sun & Star Japan and East Asia Program at Southern Methodist University aims to increase awareness of the economic, historical, political, and social trends of Japan and East Asia that affect the future of China, Japan, Korea, East Asia, and the world, including the United States. This year’s annual Sun & Star Symposium is co-hosted by Keio University and will be held in Tokyo, Japan. The Sun & Star Symposium is partially supported under an Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant at Southern Methodist University.

Workshop: "Mokuhanga and Me" with Jennifer Mack-Watkins / Newark, NJ

06/04/2016

Artist Jennifer Mack-Watkins will present a workshop for children ages 7+ at the Newark Public Library. Children will create a block print inspired by Kawaii pop culture and will use tools and printing techniques similar to mokuhanga. Mack-Watkins’ artwork has been exhibited at the Lower East Side Print Shop, the Newark Museum, and the Center for the Science of Human Endeavor in Tokyo. This program is limited to 20 participants (but others are welcome to attend and observe). This project is partially supported under the IPS Small Grant Program.

[Photo: © CMOM Pictures]

Mokuhanga Lecture & Workshop with April Vollmer: Newark, NJ

05/21/2016

Mokuhanga artist April Vollmer will present a slideshow lecture about the woodblock printing tradition in Japan, at the Newark Public Library. The lecture will be followed by a demonstration of the printing process, and participants will be able to try printing from woodblocks. Vollmer is the author of Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop (2015) and has exhibited throughout the world. This event is supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) -Small Program Grant.

[Photo: © Dempsey Rice]

Lecture: Current Work: Tadao Ando / New York, NY

05/11/2016

SOLD OUT: Tickets are no longer available for this event. 
Award-winning architect Tadao Ando will talk about his firm's work in this public lecture.
This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Tadao Ando Architect and Associates, Clark Art Institute, Visitor Center, Williamstown MA | Photo © Jeff Goldberg for Esto Photographics, Inc.

Exhibition: Radical Seafaring / Water Mill, NY

05/08/2016 - 07/24/2016

This exhibition features twenty-five artists with works that range from artist-made vessels, to documentation of creative expeditions, to speculative designs for alternative communities on the water. Works by Cesar Harada and a Japanese collective The PLAY are among those included in the show. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: The PLAY (Japanese, founded 1967), VOYAGE : Happening In An Egg, 1968. Photograph of performance, dimensions variable. © The PLAY.]

Film: Asian Pop-Up Cinema (Chicago & Wilmette, IL)

05/04/2016 - 05/08/2016

Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a nonprofit based in Chicago with the mission of creating interest and awareness of Asian culture via films, will present I Am a Monk directed by Yukinori Makabe, as a Chicago premiere. This is a story of a young man at 24 year-old becoming an abbot, and the journey thereafter of finding his way. Director Yukinori Makabe will be in attendance for Q&As for both screenings. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Screening Schedule:
May 4, 7:30 pm:  AMC River East 21
May 8, 2:00 pm: The Wilmette Theatre (followed by a lobby-reception with the director)

Literature: Monkey Business: Japan/America Writer's Dialogue / New York, NY

04/30/2016

The Japan Foundation and Asia Society will co-present another international dialogue, curated and moderated by the co-founders and editors of Monkey Business, Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, together with contributing editor Roland Kelts. This year's featured writers are Japanese authors Hideo Furukawa and Mieko Kawakami, in conversation with American authors Rebecca Brown and Linh Dinh.

Symposium: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Border-Crossing in the East Asian Cultural Sphere / Washington, DC

04/30/2016

This symposium at the George Washington University explores how the language systems and art forms of East Asia (Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam, among others) reflect multiple and intertwined paths of cultural flow. Invited specialists from a range of humanities fields will present on how ideas and inspirations from East Asia traveled across and beyond spatial, linguistic, and national borders to flourish in new dynamic forms of multiculturalism. This symposium is partially supported under the JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies.

Performance: "+51 Aviación, San Borja" at the PEN World Voices Festival 2016 / New York, NY

04/27/2016

As part of the PEN World Voices Festival 2016,The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center will present Yudai Kamisato’s new work +51 Aviación, San Borja. Intensely personal, +51 Aviación, San Borja references Kamisato’s grandmother’s address in Lima. It shifts between reportage and fiction with the narrative unfolding around places Kamisato has traveled, from Tokyo and Okinawa to his grandmother’s Japanese-Peruvian community. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Yudai Kamisato. Free and open to the public. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo by Yuta Fukitsuka]

Symposium: Country of Dreams: Art Festival as Social Change / New York, NY

04/27/2016

Conceived as a way of revitalizing a depopulated region, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is not only one of the world's largest art festivals, it is a powerful force for social change. Hear from participating artists Marina Abramović, Cai Gui-Qiang, and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, as well as creator and General Director Fram Kitagawa. This event will be held at Japan Society, New York. Supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Marina Abramović Dream House © Anzai]

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