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PERFORMANCE: Japanese Playwrights Project 2018 / New York, NY

11/12/2018 - 11/13/2018

The Segal Center will present readings of works by the brightest Japanese playwrights chosen by Japanese and American performing arts professionals as part of the Japanese Playwrights Project 2018. Selected pieces were translated into English and will be presented by New York-based directors and actors. The titles include A Question of Faeries and Favonia's Fruitless Fable by Satoko Ichihara, Isla, Isla, Isla! by Yudai Kamisato, Avidya - No Lights Inn by Kuro Tanino and Sokonaizu by Jun Tsutsui. This project is supported through the Performing Arts Japan program.

This event takes place on Monday, November 12, 2pm & Tuesday, November 13, 4pm at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

[Kuro Tanino's Avidya - No Light's Inn / Photo by Shinsuke Sugino]

EXHIBITION: Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection / Chicago, IL

11/04/2018 - 01/27/2019

This exhibition of Roger Weston collection is the first public showing of his comprehensive ukiyo-e painting collection in the United States. It showcases the sheer beauty of floating world painting and offers an exclusive view of the urban amusements of early modern Japan. The symposium for this exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

This exhibition is on view from November 4, 2018 through January 27, 2019 at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago,IL 60603-6404.

[Image: Keisai Eisen. Two Women and Autumn Plants, 1830/44. Weston Collection.]

EXHIBITION: Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura / New York, NY

10/12/2018 - 01/13/2019

This exhibition will be the first NY institutional solo show by one of Japan's most prolific and versatile contemporary artists, Yasumasa Morimura. Ego Obscura highlights Morimura's 30-year-long project of excavating "the self" from layers of art history, Japanese postwar history, and personal history. In addition to major photographic self-portraits, in which Morimura transformed himself into iconic artistic and pop culture figures, the exhibition will also feature the U.S. premiere of the artist's first full-length video work, Egó Sympósion (2016), as well as his latest cinematic installation Egó Obscura (2018), in conjunction with a live performance of Morimura's Nippon Cha Cha Cha!, staged by the artist on the opening weekend. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

This exhibition takes place on October 12, 2018 through January 13, 2019 at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017. For more details, please visit Japan Society’s website.

[Image: Yasumasa Morimura, Doublonnage (Marcel), 1988. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. © Yasumasa]

EXHIBITION: Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture / Portland, ME

10/05/2018 - 01/06/2019

This exhibition explores the Japanese-American modernist's 60-year artistic endeavors to enlarge and challenge conventional notions of sculptural boundaries, endlessly experimenting with the intersection of objects, people, and space. This exhibition brings aspects of his varied production together - from traditional sculpture, stage sets, to play structures - complicating notions of form and function and using the juxtaposition of materials, shapes, and techniques to encourage audiences to reimagine their sense of sculpture. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

This exhibition takes place on October 5, 2018 through January 6, 2019 at Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME. For more details, please visit Portland Museum Art’s website.

[Image: Isamu Noguchi, Table, 1971, Marble, The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York, CR# 717]

EXHIBITION: When East Meets West - Three Centuries of Artistic Discourse / Atlanta, GA

09/28/2018 - 12/09/2018

This exhibition will illustrate the rich cross-cultural influences between Japan, European and American artists from the late 17th to 19th century. Works include numerous examples of Japanese porcelain from the late John Lesh Jacobs Collection drawn from the permanent collections of Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art and the High Museum. These works will be juxtaposed against exquisite examples of Meissen porcelain from the Warda Stout Collection, borrowed from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. This exhibition is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This exhibition takes place from September 28 through December 9 at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4 Lowry Hall 3rd Floor 4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.  For more details, please visit Oglethorpe University Museum Art's website.

[Image: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892), Chilly: the appearance of a concubine of the Bunka era, 1888 Woodblock print on paper]

EXHIBITION: Earth Manual Project - This Could Save Your Life - / New York, NY

09/27/2018 - 12/12/2018

The Japan Foundation is pleased to present the exhibition, "Earth Manual Project - This Could Save Your Life", which showcases some of the unique practices for tackling disaster-related issues with the use of creative design and innovative ideas. Examples from Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand are introduced. This exhibition is co-organized with Parsons School of Design, The New School, in cooperation with Design and Creative Center Kobe (KIITO) and Plus Arts.

This exhibition takes place from September 27 through December 12 at Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center/Parsons School of Design in The New School at 66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011. For more details, please visit Parson's website.

[Image: "Lost Homes" Model, Osamu Tsukihashi, Courtesy KIITO]

EXHIBITION: Hello from Japan! / Chattanooga, TN

09/22/2018 - 01/06/2019

Children and families will have fun learning about life in present-day Japan in this playful, highly immersive exhibit. Families will be transported to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: a super cute kawaii streetscape and a peaceful Shinto shrine park area. This exhibition is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This exhibition takes place from September 22, 2018 through January 6, 2019 at Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37402. For more details, please visit Creative Discovery Museum's website.

EXHIBITION: Ayomi Yoshida / Houston, TX

07/28/2018 - 01/13/2019

 Artist Ayomi Yoshida’s site-specific, large-scale installation will be on view. Building on her background in woodblock print medium, this artwork investigates time, natural cycles, sensory memory, and nostalgia. This exhibition is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This exhibition is on view from July 28 2018 through January 13 2019 at Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004.  For details, please visit Asia Society Texas Center's website.  

[Photo Courtesy of Asia Society]

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]

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