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Performance: Those Who Remain: Concerto for Installation and Improviser / Seattle, WA

01/26/2017 - 02/05/2017

Experience this multidisciplinary collaboration between composer and musician Wayne Horvitz, visual artist Barbara Earl Thomas, and two Japan-based artists: video artist and VJ Yohei Saito and dancer/choreographer Yukio Suzuki. Using recordings of his work performed by the Seattle Symphony in 2015, Horvitz will compose a new electronic score with video created by Saito. Suzuki will perform several short dance improvisations daily at 12:30pm and 3pm. Four evening performances, each with different musicians, will be presented within the installation. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The installation on view from January 26 through February 5 at Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA. The evening performances are at 7:30pm on Friday, January 27, Tuesday, January 31, Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4.

[Photo: © Wistar Kay]

Exhibition: Washi Paper: Cultural Heritage and Artistic Creativity / New York, NY

01/26/2017 - 02/24/2017

This exhibition introduces the history of traditional handmade washi, the aesthetic beauty of kirikane through the subtle light reflected from haku (gold or silver foil), origami & origata, modern washi sculpture, and sho by a calligrapher whose brush strokes are drawn on handmade washi. This exhibition is nominally supported by the Japan Foundation, New York.

The exhibition is on view from January 26 through February 24 at the Nippon Club, 145 West 57th street, New York, NY.

[Image: Sankaibishi lamp I (diamond pattern) by Koji Shibazaki]

Exhibition: Manga and War / Jersey City, NJ

01/25/2017 - 03/03/2017

Organized by the Kyoto International Manga Museum in 2015 and traveling abroad for the first time, this exhibition commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. This is a rare opportunity to view 24 principal Japanese manga works on the theme of a war, along with original paintings and drawings by several manga authors. This traveling exhibition is made possible in collaboration with Ramapo College Galleries, and is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from January 25 to March 3 at the Visual Arts Gallery, New Jersey City University, 2039 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ.

[Image: Yuki Ozawa, cover art for Atokatanomachi 3, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Kodansha.]

Lecture by Shimabuku for the Exhibition The Animal Mirror / Brooklyn, NY


In conjunction with the current exhibition The Animal Mirror, Japanese artist Shimabuku will discuss his recent work. The evening also serves as the launch event for the exhibition catalog Aqueous Earth & The Animal Mirror. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The lecture takes place on January 24, 6:30pm–8pm at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. The exhibition The Animal Mirror is on view through January 27.

[Image: Shimabuku, Then I decided to give a tour of Tokyo to the octopus from Akashi, 2000, Performance and single channel video, 6 min. 56 sec.]

Performance: The Escher Quartet with Carol Wincenc featuring Japanese composer, Yuko Uebayashi / Miami, FL


The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach will present Japanese composer Yuko Uebayashi along side the Escher String Quartet and flutist Carol Wincenc. Uebayashi will be in attendance to speak about her new work. The Escher Quartet and Carol Wincenc will perform Uebayashi's Misericordia, Debussy's Syrinx, and Ravel's Quartet. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The concert takes place on Wednesday, January 18, 6pm, at the Mar-a-Lago Club, 1100 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL.

[Photo: Courtesy of the artist]

Exhibition: Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952 - 1965 / New York, NY

01/10/2017 - 04/01/2017

Examining the New York art scene during the years between the apex of Abstract Expressionism and the rise of Pop Art and Minimalism, Inventing Downtownis the first show to survey this period from the vantage point of its artist-run galleries, featuring crucibles of experimentation that radically changed the art world. The exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from January 10 through April 1 at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, New York, NY.

[Image: Minoru Niizuma, Yoko Ono and others at the Chambers Street loft, 1962, Gelatin silver or digital print, printed 2016, 8 x 10 in., Collection of Yoko Ono, New York.]

Film: Out There / Queens, NY


The Museum of the Moving Image will screen Takehiro Ito's Out There as part of this year's First Look Festival. A hybrid of fiction and documentary, and navigating mysteriously between the two cities, Tokyo and Taipei, Ito's beguiling film follows a director looking for a new actor, so that he can resurrect a stalled film project. Ito will also be present at this screening. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The screening takes place on Saturday, January 7, 4pm at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY.

Exhibition: Utamaro and the Lure of Japan / Hartford, CT

01/07/2017 - 03/26/2017

This exhibition is the long-awaited celebration of Japanese art collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Its own Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara by ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) will be displayed alongside its recently re-discovered companion Fukagawa in the Snow from the Okada Museum. The works will be on display along with selection of prints, drawings, decorative art objects from the late 19th century. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from January 7 through March 26 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT.

[Image: Kitagawa Utamaro, Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara, c. 1793, ink, gouache, gold and gold-leaf on bamboo paper, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1957.17.]

Exhibition: Yakishime - Earth Metamorphosis / Chicago, IL

01/04/2017 - 01/22/2017

This exhibition, on loan from The Japan Foundation, focuses on a 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 Chicago.

The exhibion is on view from January 4 through January 22 at the Japan Information Center, 737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL.

[Image: Kyoko Tokumaru, Shukuenjima - The blessing fire island, 2015.]

Exhibition & Cultural Event: Public programs for Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection / Williamstown, MA

12/10/2016 - 04/02/2017

The first exhibition at the Clark to focus on the Institute’s permanent collection of Japanese prints, the show spans more than a century of Japanese color woodblock printing as represented by three generations of artists who produced prints from the 1830s to the 1970s. The JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture partially supported selected programs to coincide with Japanese Impressions.

The exhibition is on view through April 2 at the Clark Art Institute, 225 South St, Williamstown, MA. Please refer to the Clark's website for updates on the public events.

[Image: Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858). Awa Province: Naruto Whirlpools, from Famous Places in the Sixty-Odd Provinces, 1855. Color woodblock print. Gift of the Rodbell Family Collection, 2014.16.6.]

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