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EXHIBITION: Chie Hitchner / Lincoln NE

06/01/2018 - 06/30/2018

Chie Hitchner is a textile artist working in a variety of media including silk, linen and wool, using natural materials as dyes whenever possible. This exhibition will showcase examples of her work, which is a modern reinterpretation of Japanese weaving and dyeing techniques that are hundreds of years old. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from June 1 through June 30, 2018 at LUX Center for the Arts, 2601 N 48th St, Lincoln, NE 68504. The First Friday reception will be held on June 1, 5 - 8pm.

EXHIBITION: 17th Tokyo-New York Ceramic Competition / New York, NY

05/30/2018 - 06/05/2018

Winning works of the 17th Tokyo-New York Ceramic Competition will be displayed at The Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club. This annual competition encourages and honors the creativity of ceramic artists in New York and its sister city Tokyo. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

The exhibition is on view from May 30 through June 5, 2018 at The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club, 145 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019.

FILM: Everything Goes Wrong / New York, NY

05/11/2018

Japan Society presents a screening of Seijun Suzuki's Everything Goes Wrong (1960). This film about a rebellious teen tapped into the restlessness, frustration and violent energy of Japan's postwar youth with a pronounced visual style that signaled the emergence of the Japanese New Wave. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

The screening takes place on May 11, 7pm at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017.

[Image: © 1960 Nikkatsu Corporation]

PERFORMANCE: Time's Journey Through a Room / New York, NY

05/10/2018 - 06/10/2018

PlayCo presents an English production of Time's Journey Through a Room written by internationally renowned playwright/director and founder of the theater company chelfitsch Toshiki Okada. Marking PlayCo's third collaboration with playwright Toshiki Okada, translator Aya Ogawa and director Dan Rothenberg, this production continues their exploration of his work. This piece reflects the evolution of Okada's writing in the years since the 2011 earthquake in Japan. On May 12, Toshiki Okada will be in person for a post-performance conversation. On May 13, Okada will lead an intensive workshop for actors, choreographers, dancers and physical theater artists at Japan Society. This performance is supported through the JFNY Grant for the Arts and Culture.

The performance takes place from May 10 to June 10, 2018 at A.R.T./New York Theatres, Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019.

EXHIBITION: Masayuki Koorida: Sculpture / Hamilton, NJ

05/06/2018 - 03/17/2019

This show is an extensive survey of work by Japanese artist Masayuki Koorida in his first major exhibition in the United States. It will include large scale works in granite and marble as well as small playful works in stainless steel and cast acrylic, and new drawings. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from May 6, 2018 through March 17, 2019 at Grounds for Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619.

[Image: Masayuki Koorida, Light-Twin, 2014, stainless steel, 11.02 x 18.11 x 11.42 inches, Collection of the Artist]

FILM: Dear Etranger / Chicago, IL

05/02/2018

Yuko Mishima's Dear Etranger (2017) will be screened at the semi-annual film festival Asian Pop-Up Cinema. This film explores issues surrounding the growing number of mixed-marriage families in Japan. It is a touching meditation on love and marriage and what it truly means to be family. This screening is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The screening takes place on May 2, 2018, 7pm at AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611.

CULTURAL EVENT: 2018 Biennial Ikebana Exhibit / Alexandria, VA

05/01/2018 - 05/06/2018

Art and nature come together as The Art League welcomes back the Washington, DC branch of The Sogetsu School for the 17th Biennial Ikebana Show. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibiiton is on view from May 1 through May 6, 2018 at The Art League, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

[Image George Miller, The Art League]

FILM: A Scene at the Sea / Chicago, IL

04/30/2018

The Chicago Film Society presents a screening of Takeshi Kitano's A Scene at the Sea (1991). This minimalist film about a deaf garbage-collector who dreams of becoming a surf champions is one of the most poignant works Kitano made. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

This screening takes place on April 30, 7pm at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613.

CULTURAL EVENT: Sakura Matsuri 2018 / Brooklyn, NY

04/28/2018 - 04/29/2018

Sakura Matsuri offers over 60 performances and demonstrations that showcase traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival celebrates the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment during the cherry blossom season. The tea ceremony programs at the Sakura Matsuri are supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The tea ceremony programs take place on April 28 & 29 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225.

[Photo: Tea masters Soumi Shimizu and Sōkyo Shimizu, leaders of the Sohenryu-Style Tea Ceremony. Photo by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.]

PERFORMANCE: Water and Tears / Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Burlington, VT

04/19/2018 - 04/20/2018, 04/27/2018 - 04/28/2018, 05/09/2018 - 05/10/2018

A contemporary choreographer based in Japan, Kaori Seki explores the possibilities of the live encounter, engaging the audience’s senses and evoking nostalgia and memories that are difficult to record. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Performance Schedule
April 19 & 20: Ground Floor Theatre (Austin, TX)
April 27 & 28: Links Hall (Chicago, IL)
May 9 & 10: Flynn Center (Burlington, VT)

[Photo by GO]

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