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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.]

Exhibition: Isamu Noguchi, Archaic / Modern / Washington, DC

11/11/2016 - 03/19/2017

Isamu Noguchi, one of the most prominent sculptors of the twentieth century, is the subject of this exhibition that explores how the ancient world shaped this artist's innovative vision for the future. The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from November 11, 2016 through March 19, 2017 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th & F Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

[Image: Isamu Noguchi, Grey Sun, 1967, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.]

Exhibition: Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia / Lawrence, KS

11/10/2016 - 03/12/2017

The exhibition will explore a rich mosaic of ideas about time and history from a generation of artists embedded in what has been dubbed "the Asian Century." This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from November 10, 2016 though March 12, 2017 at Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS.

[Image: Konoike Tomoko (born 1960, Akita, Japan; lives and works in Tokyo, Japan). mimio-odyssey (video still), 2005. Single channel video projected on book, 11: 30 min. Museum purchase: Helen Foresman Spencer Art Acquisition Fund, 2010.0194.]

EXHIBITION: Kishio Suga / New York, NY

11/05/2016 - 07/29/2017

Kishio Suga, the founding member of the Mono-ha (School of Things) movement in the 1960s and 1970s in Japan, is featured in this exhibition with a body of works, old and new, in response to the unique history of the building as a marble-cutting facility. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from November 5, 2016 though July 2017 at Dia:Chelsea, West 22nd Street, New York, NY.

[Image: Kishio Suga, Diagonal Phase, 1969/2012. Installation view, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. © Kishio Suga. Photo: Tsuyoshi Sato. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.]

Exhibition: Samurai: The Way of the Warrior / Nashville, TN

11/04/2016 - 01/16/2017

This exhibition examines the traditions of this legendary warrior class and how their political dominance for nearly seven hundred years profoundly affected Japanese art and culture. The exhibition is drawn from the rich holdings of the Museo Stibbert, a museum primarily devoted to arms and armor in Florence, Italy. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from November 4, 2016 through January 16, 2017 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN.

[Image: Haruta school. Helmet, first half of the 17th century. Steel, gilded copper, lacquer, gold, wood (Japanese foxglove), silk, and Japanese deerskin, 9 7/8 x 11 13/16 x 13 7/8 in. Collection of Museo Stibbert.]

Exhibition: Japanese Prints of Kabuki Theater from the Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art / Ann Arbor, MI

10/15/2016 - 01/29/2017

This exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art features woodblock prints of Kabuki actors, who were superstars in eighteenth- and nineteenth- century Japan. These prints include off- or backstage portrayals of the actors, fantasy scenes of actors in unlikely groupings, and even death portraits of especially famous actors, created by major artists such as Utagawa Toyokuni, Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Toyohara Kunichika. This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Toyohara Kunichika, Twelve Hours of Magic, Hour of the Sheep: Iwai Hanshirō VIII as Shōden from The Heroic Tales of Jiraiya, Meiji era (1868-1912), 1877, color woodblock print on paper. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. James Hayes, 2003/1.416.]

Exhibition: Aki Sasamoto: Delicate Cycle / Long Island City, NY

09/19/2016 - 01/02/2017

SculptureCenter will present Aki Sasamoto's first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum. Working at the intersection of performance and sculpture, Sasamoto creates object scenarios out of narratives and actions. For this exhibition, Sasamoto will create a new body of work in relation to the site. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Aki Sasamoto, preliminary research image, 2016. Courtesy the artist.]

Exhibition: Tokyo-Ga / Miami, FL

08/24/2016 - 02/28/2017

Originated as a response to the disasters in Japan in 2011 that brought about an awareness of the global connectedness of not just the Japanese people but of all humanity, 51 photographs featuring the city of Tokyo will be on display at MIA Galleries at Miami International Airport. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Yukinori Tokoro]

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