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Performance: Toshiki Okada "God Bless Baseball" / New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; College Park, MD

01/14/2016 - 01/17/2016, 01/21/2016 - 01/23/2016, 01/28/2016 - 01/30/2016, 02/04/2016 - 02/07/2016, 02/12/2016 - 02/13/2016

What does the sport of baseball mean to you? Visionary playwright/director Toshiki Okada (chelfitsch Theater Company) explores this iconic American symbol in his newest play, God Bless Baseball. Incorporating Okada’s distinctive style of hyper-colloquial speech and exaggerated commonplace gestures, the play positions the U.S. as parent and Japan and Korea—where baseball is deeply rooted in popular culture—as brothers heavily influenced by the parent. Featuring Japanese and Korean actors with a stage set by acclaimed visual/video artist Tadasu Takamine.

[Tour Schedule]

January 14-17: Japan Society (New York, NY)
January 21-23: FringeArts (Philadelphia, PA)
January 28-30: Museum of Contemporary Art (Chigaco, IL)
February 4-7: Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH)
February 12-13: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, MD)

This tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Image: God Bless Baseball ©Asian Arts Theatre (Moon So Young.)]

Exhibition: World Heritage Sites in Japan / Valdosta, GA

01/11/2016 - 02/23/2016

This photo exhibit at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, on loan from The Japan Foundation, showcases historical and cultural sites in Japan designated as World Heritage by UNESCO. All photos are taken by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi.

For details regarding the Japanese World Heritage photography and their loans, please click here.

[Image: Horyu¡¾ji Temple , Nara © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi / PPS.]

Exhibition: Japanese Design Today 100 / Milwaukee, WI

10/30/2015 - 02/06/2016

This traveling exhibition at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, presented by The Japan Foundation, is the second edition of the exhibition with the same title, displaying 100 most recent works representing innovative and modern Japanese product design.

[Image: FUTAGAMI Bottle Opener]

Exhibition: Samurai: The Way of the Warrior / Athens, GA

10/24/2015 - 01/03/2016

Drawing from the Japanese collection of the Stibbert Museum, in Florence, Italy, this exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art features some 100 objects related to the legendary samurai warriors—full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts and saddles but also objects intended for more personal use such as lacquered writing boxes, incense trays and foldable chairs that characterize the period in which Japan was ruled by the samurai military class.

[Image: Helmet, first half of the 17th century. Steel, wood (Japanese foxglove tree), papier-mâché, lacquer, Japanese deerskin, horsehair, silk. 35 x 40 x 30 centimeters]

Exhibition: Sōtatsu: Making Waves / Washington, DC

10/24/2015 - 01/31/2016

This exhibition at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery  convenes for the first time more than seventy of masterpieces from collections in Japan, Europe, and the United States by Tawaraya Sōtatsu (ca. 1570 - ca. 1640), a fountainhead of Japanese painting and design, along with homage pieces by later artists that demonstrate his long-ranging influence.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Japan Foundation.

[Image: Tawaraya Sotatsu; Screen with Scattered Fans; Mounted on a Screen (part); Edo period, 17th century; color on paper; single six-panel screen; Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1900.24.]

Film: Seijun Suzuki Retrospective / Washington, DC; Austin, TX; New York, NY; Cleveland, OH; Nashville, TN; Minneapolis, MN; Chicago, IL; Toronto, Canada; Los Angeles, CA; Vancouver, Canada; Annandale-On-Hudson, NY; Philadelphia, PA and more

10/09/2015 - 06/02/2016

In a career spanning nearly five decades, Seijun Suzuki amassed a body of work ranging from B movie potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries. He remains a cult figure outside of Japan and has influenced a number of contemporary directors, such as Jim Jarmusch, Wong Kar-wai, and Quentin Tarantino. This is the first retrospective of the filmmaker’s work in North America.

Tour Schedule
October 9 – December 20: Freer and Sackler Galleries (Washington, DC)
October 9 – November 18: Austin Film Society (Austin, TX)
November 6 – November 17: Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
November 14 – December 19: Cleveland Cinematheque (Cleveland, OH)
November 20 – December 7: Belcourt Theatre (Nashville, TN)
December 2 & 3: Japan Information Cultural Center (Washington, DC)
December 30, 2015  – January 21, 2016: Cinema Arts Centre (Huntington, NY)

January 1 – Jannuary 31: Trylon Microcinema (Minneapolis, MN)
January 2 – February 3: Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago, IL)
January 30 – April 2: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto, CANADA)
February 5 – March 13: UCLA Film and Television Archive (Los Angeles, CA)
February 20 – March 12: Vancouver Cinematheque (Vancouver, CANADA)
February 17 – March 16 : Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)
April 2 - April 16: International House Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
April 8 - April 29: Northwest Film Center (Portland, OR)
April 9 - April 30: Grand Illusion Cinema (Seattle, WA)
April 13 - May 11: Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA)
May 7 - June 30: UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA)
May 13 - June 2: Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge, MA)
May 18 - June 2: Brattle Theatre (Cambridge, MA)

(Dates are subject to change.)

This traveling retrospective is co-organized by the Japan Foundation and the participating venues.

[Image: Kagero-za © 1981 presented by LittleMore Co., Ltd.]

Exhibition: Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi / New Orleans, LA

09/25/2015 - 01/10/2016

This exhibition features work by the Japanese artist Bidou Yamaguchi (b. 1970). Trained to make reproductions of historic Japanese Noh masks, the artist has, since 2003, radicalized this traditional idea and practice. Yamaguchi¡Çs masks apply the forms, techniques, transformative spirit, and mysterious elegance of Noh masks to iconic female portraits from the European art historical canon, as well as to Kabuki actor prints by Sharaku, Japan¡Çs enigmatic eighteenth century portrait master. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. Image: Onayo, 2013, Bidou Yamaguchi Japanese cypress, seashell, natural pigment, lacquer 8.35 x 5.04 x 3.54 inches Courtesy of the artist, Photo by Suemasa Mareo © Bidou Yamaguchi

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