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EXHIBITION: Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg / Chicago, IL

06/06/2017 - 09/24/2017

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami may be best known for his commercial ventures, anime aesthetic, and post-apocalyptic characters. This major retrospective, which focuses on his paintings, shows how Murakami's art is rooted in traditions of Japanese painting and folklore, influenced by the Tokyo art scene of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the threat of nuclear annihilation. This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from June 6 through September 24 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611.

[Image: Takashi Murakami, And Then, And Then And Then And Then And Then (Red), 1996-1997. Courtesy Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo. ©1996-1997 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Norihiro Ueno.]

Exhibition: Yakishime – Earth Metamorphosis / Nashville, TN

06/05/2017 - 06/30/2017

This exhibition, on loan from the Japan Foundation, focuses on the ceramic technique, yakishime, which is the firing of unglazed wares at high temperatures. 82 works of yakishime, including earliest examples to contemporary works, will be showcased to introduce an aspect of this unique Japanese culture. This exhibition is co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville.

The exhibition is on view from June 5 through June 30 at the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, Watkins College of Art, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228.

[Image: Kyoko Tokumaru, Shukusuijima – The blessing water island.]

Performance: A Body in Places / Queens, NY; Washington, DC

05/06/2017, 05/19/2017 - 05/20/2017

A Body in Places is Eiko Otake's first solo project, with its scale varying radically between locations and incorporates both performative and non-performative elements. Central to the project is a drive to explore non-traditional venues and to respond to the innate characteristics of each specific place. On May 6, Otake will present a live performance at TOPAZ ARTS in Queens, NY, in conjunction with her photo exhibition on view from May 6 through 28. On May 19 and 20, she will perform in various sites around Dance Place in Washington, DC. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Performance Schedule
Saturday, May 6
@ TOPAZ ARTS (55-03 39th Avenue in Woodside, Queens, NY)
1-3pm: Free workshop with Eiko
3-6pm: Opening reception
4pm: Performance by Eiko
The exhibition by Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston on view from May 6 through 28

For more information on the event at TOPAZ ARTS, please click here.


Friday, May 19
@ Dance Place (3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC)
6:30- 7:30pm: Free workshop and performance at the 8th St Arts Park

Saturday, May 20

11am: Performance at the Brookland’s Monroe Street Farmer’s Market on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market (716 Monroe St NE, Wasghinton DC)
7pm: Performance on 8th St NE, concluding in Dance Place’s Cafritz Foundation Theater and followed by a lecture / photo demonstration (Dance Place, 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC)

For more information on the event in Washington DC, please click here.

[Photo: © William Johnston]

Cultural Event: Cherry Blossom Festival at Randall”Ēs Island Park / New York, NY

05/06/2017

Each spring, the annual festival gives visitors the opportunity to appreciate the spring beauty in Randall's Island Park. Inspired by Japanese culture, the festival features live music, performances, games, exhibitions, face painting and more. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place on Saturday, May 6, at Fields 62 and 63 in Randall's Island Park.

Exhibition: Yoko Inoue: Tea Taste Democracy & Upside Down Objects / Cleveland, OH

05/05/2017 - 06/30/2017

Yoko Inoue, Artist in Residence at SPACES, will showcase her research from the Japanese Art collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, focusing on the integration of Japanese aesthetics and cultural iconography into the American economy. Exploring the Museum's archives pertaining to former director Sherman Emory Lee, she examines his pivotal role in the inspection and protection of Japanese artifacts and cultural properties as a "Monuments Man" in Japan during the post-war US occupation and the ensuing process of democratization. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from May 5 through June 30 at SPACES, 2900 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113.

[Image: Yoko Inoue, Untitled, from the series Pop Protocol (2012), ceramic. Image courtesy of the artist.]

Performance: Direct Path to Detour / Portland, OR

05/04/2017 - 05/07/2017

Direct Path to Detour is a new dance work by Portland-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto. Grounded in the idea that self-identity is rooted in our embodied experiences, this dance evokes mental and physical states at the intersection of value systems, social pressures, expectations, and personal experiences of four dancers, who have an intimate relationship with bridging multiple societies by birth, residence, upbringing and/or religion. Direct Path to Detour envelops the performers in a poetic, visceral experience of resistance, surrender, sincerity, and fiction. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place on May 4 - 7, 8pm at PICA at Hancock: Annex, 20 NE San Rafael St., Portland OR.

[Photo: © Anke Schuettler]

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

05/03/2017

The Japan Foundation and Asia Society are pleased to co-present another international dialogue, which will be curated and moderated by the co-founders and editors of Monkey Business, Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, with contributing editor Roland Kelts. This year's featured writers are Japanese authors Hiromi Ito and Hiroko Oyamada, in conversation with American authors Brian Evenson and Jamaica Kincaid. This event is in conjunction with the PEN World Voices Festival 2017.

This event takes place on Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 - 8pm at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please click here.

Cultural Event: Japan Festival Boston / Boston, MA

04/30/2017

An outdoor “matsuri” experience in Boston with over 30,000 attendees in 2015 and 60,000 attendees at the 2016 event, Japan Festival Boston has doubled in scale and brought over 100 booths presenting Japanese culture and food to Boston Common. Traditional Japanese dance and music, and a very popular cosplay contest will take place on stage. It is a big spring event widely enjoyed by people of all ages not just as entertainment, but also as a cultural learning experience. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on Sunday, April 30, 11am–6pm at the Boston Common, 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA.

Performance: Resonance II / Queens, NY

04/28/2017 - 04/29/2017

Resonance II will premier as Miki Orihara's second program in a series of solo concerts, following the success of her first concert entitled Resonance. In this second concert series, Orihara continues to use her intimate knowledge of classical modern dance to inform her personal view of contemporary work, while simultaneously using her contemporary explorations as a vessel to shed new light on her understanding and interpretation of works brought to us by past masters. In her continued effort to present a concert that reflects upon the lineage of dance beginning from classical modern to the present, Resonance II will include on its program works by master choreographers: Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch, Charlotte Griffin, and Tanroh Ishida/Orihara. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The performance takes place on Friday, April 28, 8pm and Saturday, April 29, 3pm at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Queens, NY.

[Photo by Kenji Mori]

Performance: East Meets West Brunch / New York, NY

04/09/2017, 04/16/2017, 04/23/2017, 04/30/2017

Blue Note Jazz Club and the Japan Foundation present the East Meets West Brunch series to introduce Japanese jazz to New York audiences. This brunch series will take place on Sundays in April at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Performance  Schedule
April 9, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Erena Terakubo
April 16, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Shunzo Ohno
April 23, 11:30am: Mao Soné
April 23, 1:30pm: Yoko Miwa Trio
April 30, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Meg Okura & The Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble

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