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Exhibition: Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950 at the Hirshhorn Museum / Washington, DC

10/24/2013 - 05/26/2014

This is the first in-depth exploration of the theme of destruction in international contemporary visual culture. In all areas of art production since the mid-twentieth century, the notion of destruction has played an important role, whether as spectacle, as catharsis, as a reaction to world-weariness, as a means of depersonalizing emotional or cultural angst, as a form of rebellion against institutions, or as an essential component of re-creation. This ground-breaking exhibition includes works by a diverse range of international artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation, and performance.

This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Performance: 2nd Japan-US Chorus Festival at Carnegie (From Fukushima to the World) / New York, NY


Member of Fukushima Mother's Chorus Association are coming to New York to sing at Carnegie Hall, demonstrating their immortal spirit of "never Give Up" in their voices. Harmony Celebration Chorus from Ridgewood, NJ, and Choir TOMO "Japan Choral Harmony" will join the performance.

This performance is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Film: A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924-2013), Part 1 Richie's Fantastic Five: Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Yanagimachi, & Kore-eda / New York, NY

10/18/2013 - 02/19/2014

Donald Richie (April 17, 1924 - February 19, 2013), was instrumental in introducing Japanese arts and culture to the world. To honor his life and works, the Japan Foundation and Japan Society are pleased to co-present a film series A Tribute to Donald Richie commencing October 18, 2013 at Japan Society. The first series will feature five Japanese directors, one each month, who became prominent outside of Japan as a result of Richie's efforts. A second series will follow in March 2014.

The upcoming screening schedule is as follows:

Oct 18: High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
Nov 16: The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952)
Dec 12: Equinix Flower (Yasujiro Ozu, 1958)
Jan 24: Himatsuri (Mitsuo Yanagimachi, 1985)
Feb 19: After Life (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1998)

Performance: Treasures of Japan: Gagaku and Bugaku / Amherst, MA


The Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble from Japan presents a concert of Gagaku music with Bugaku dances on October 16 at 7:30pm at Bowker Auditorium, University of Massachusetts Amherst. This performance is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Exhibition: Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori at Japan Society / New York, NY

10/11/2013 - 01/12/2014

This exhibition showcases 35 immersive installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs and videos produced by the artist between 2001 and 2013. Mori's first major museum show in the U.S. in 10 years, this exhibition presents her artistic evolution during the last decade, her statement of rebirth in an age of endangered environment and a lost connection between man and nature.

This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Image: Mariko Mori (b. 1967), Transcircle 1.1 (detail), 2004. Stone, Corian, LED, Real-time control system; 132 3/8 inches diam.; each stone 433/8 × 221/4 × 131/2 inches. Courtesy of The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Photo by Richard Learoyd.

Panel: New York Comic Con / New York, NY

10/10/2013 - 10/13/2013

The Japan Foundation, New York is proud to present two panels on October 11 and 12 at New York Comic Con with two guests from Japan – Shinichiro Inoue (Representative Director and Senior Managing Director of Kadokawa Corporation) and Hiroyuki Itoh (CEO of Crypton Future Media, Inc.) – to explore Japanese pop culture phenomena such as light novels and Hatsune Miku. Full details are available at NYCC website.

Performance: Peter Brötzmann & Keiji Haino / Houston, TX


U.S. debut performance of Japanese guitarist and vocalist Keiji Haino and German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann will be presented at Nameless Sound in Houston, Texas, on October 9, 2013. The performance coincides with an exhibition of Mr. Brötzmann's graphic art. Haino and Brötzmann are two of the largest name in experimental music. This duo concert is of high caliber rarely seen.

This performance is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Exhibition: Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self at The Andy Warhol Museum / Pittsburgh, PA

10/06/2013 - 01/11/2014

Yasumasa Morimura, renowned for his photographic reprisals of iconic images from art history and popular culture in which he replaces the subjects with his own self-image, will be surveyed at this exhibition. The exhibition will focus on three important bodies of work: "Requiem" in which Morimura recreates iconic photographs relating to political and cultural life; the "Actors" series in which he assumes the persona of Hollywood luminaries such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor; and his "Art History" photographs in which he painstakingly restages well known European paintings.

This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Image: Yasumasa Morimura, Self Portrait (B/W) - After Marilyn Monroe, 1996, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

Exhibition: Carnegie International / Pittsburgh, PA

10/05/2013 - 03/15/2014

The 2013 Carnegie International presents new voices rooted in history, a sense of place, and play. The exhibition is guided by a shared passion for the individual and the exceptional; for art that celebrates dissonance and beauty; and for artworks that stay in touch with the everyday. The exhibition will include 35 artists from 19 countries, including Ei Arakawa and Tezuka Architects of Japan.

This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Film: Ogawa Shinsuke Retrospective / Ann Arbor, MI, Cambridge, MA

10/04/2013 - 11/22/2013, 10/13/2013 - 11/10/2013

The Japan Foundation and Center for Japanese Studies at University of Michigan and Harvard Film Archive co-present a retrospective devoted to a influential documentary filmmaker, Shinsuke Ogawa, whose films have rarely been screened in the U.S. in recent decades.  Please click the following link for detail information. 

University of Michigan Schedule:
04 - Devotion (& Curator's Talk with Q&A by Markus)
11 - Forest of Oppression
18 - Summer in Sanrizuka
25 - Sanrizuka - Peasants of the Second Fortress

01 - Sanrizuka - Heta Village
08 - A Song of the Bottom
15 - "Nippon": Furuyashiki Village
22 - Magino Village - A Tale

Harvard Film Archive Schedule:
13- Summer in Sanrizuka
14- Sanrizuka- Peasants of the Second Fortress
20- Forest of Oppression
26- Sanrizuka- The Skies of May, The Road to the Village
27- Sea of Youth and Sanrizuka- The Three Day War
28- Sanrizuka- Heta Village

03- Report from Haneda
04- A Song of the Bottom
08- The Magino Village Story- Raising Silkworms
09- "Nippon": Furuyashiki Village
10- Magino Village- A Tale

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