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Exhibition: Japanese Pottery: The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese Kilns at Japan Information Center, Chicago / Chicago, IL

02/20/2015 - 03/15/2015

This traveling exhibition, on loan from The Japan Foundation, is a masterful survey of diverse ceramic works from leading and up-and-coming-artists from Japan. This exhibition is co-organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago.

[Image: Atsushi Miyanishi: Blue-glazed vase with wave motif ]

Lecture: Colloquium: Japanese Erotic Imagery In A Comparative Context / Los Angeles, CA


A presentation at the University of California, Los Angeles by Dr. Ellis Tinios of the University of Leeds. UCLA is supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant.

Exhibition: Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano at the Philadelphia Museum of Art / Philadelphia, PA

02/16/2015 - 05/10/2015

This exhibition explores the stunning artistry of the esteemed Kano painters, the most enduring and influential school of painting in Japanese history. Presenting more than 120 works of art spanning the school’s long and illustrious history with a focus on large-scale, gold leaf folding screens and sliding doors designed for residences of Japan’s ruling elite, the show also includes ink paintings, hanging scrolls, and folding fans. This exhibition is the first outside Japan—and the first anywhere since 1979—to so fully examine the Kano painters’ legacy. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Kano Hōgai, Two Dragons [in Clouds], 1885, Ink on paper, framed, 35 1/2 x 53 1/4 inches (90.2 x 135.3 cm), Gift of Mrs. Moncure Biddle in memory of her father, Ernest F. Fenollosa, 1940

Exhibition: Masterpieces of Japanese Art at Cincinnati Art Museum / Cincinnati, OH

02/14/2015 - 08/30/2015

This exhibition features approximately 100 Japanese masterpieces from the museum’s permanent collection. The show is designed to provide viewers not only with a better understanding of Japanese art and its aesthetics, but also a unique regional perspective through the history of the collection. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Ogawa Haritsu (1663–1747); Animal Story Scroll (detail); Edo period (1615–1868); Handscroll, ink and colors on paper; 24.6 × 668.3 cm; Gift of the Robert F. Blum Estate, 1906.4]

Exhibition: Between Action and Unknown – The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga at Dallas Museum of Art / Dallas, TX

02/08/2015 - 06/19/2015

This exhibition highlights the experimental and innovative quality of the two prominent artists associated with Gutai Art Association —the leading avant-garde group of postwar Japanese artists—, Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga. It showcases creative production through nearly 60 works of paintings, drawings, photographs, films, small-scale sculpture, Gutai-related ephemera and re-creations of outdoor installations—many of which have never been exhibited in the United States. This exhibition is co-organized by The Japan Foundation and Dallas Museum of Art.

[Image: Motonaga Sadamasa, Red and Yellow, 1963, Oil, synthetic resin, and gravel on canvas
Mie Prefectural Art Museum © Estate of Motonaga Sadamasa]

Exhibition: Hiroshi Sugimoto – Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models at the Phillips Collection / Washington, DC

02/07/2015 - 05/10/2015

This exhibition features six photographs and three sculptures by the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948), and is the first exhibition to contrast Sugimoto’s mathematical photographs of 19th-century mathematical plaster models inspired by Man Ray with his own aluminum or stainless-steel mathematical models crafted with computer-controlled, precision milling machines. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Surface of Revolution with Constant Negative Curvature (Mathematical Model 009), 2006. Aluminum and mirror, 76 x 27 1/2 in. diam. Pace Gallery, New York]

Performance: Music From Japan: East Asian Vibrancy / New York, NY; Washington, DC

02/07/2015 - 02/10/2015

Three internationally acclaimed traditional instrumentalists from Japan, Korea, and China, will perform contemporary and classical repertoire on their respective instruments as soloists and as a trio. Mayumi Miyata will perform on Japanese sho, a reedy sounding mouth organ traditionally used in gagaku, the ancient court music of Japan; Chinese-American Wu Man will perform on the pipa, a Chinese lute; and Korean-American Jin Hi Kim will perform on a Korean zither called the komungo.

Tour Schedule:
Feb 7: Asia Society (New York, NY)
Feb 10: Freer Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Photo:  L to R: Mayumi Miyata, Wu Man, Jin Hi Kim]

Exhibition: World of Shōjo Manga: Mirrors of Girls°« Desires at The Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College / New York, NY

02/04/2015 - 02/27/2015

This exhibition explores the history of shojo manga, featuring more than sixty works dating from the 1950s to the present. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Machiko Satonaka, Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters), 2013; A visual interpretation of the Kojiki, the oldest extant chronicle in Japan. The Kojiki is a collection of myths concerning the origins of Japan’s home islands and the Kami (the sacred spirits of the Shinto religion.)]

Performance: Japanese Arts in Latin America: °»Yumi Kurosawa Koto Concert: The Arts of Sound – Tradition to Contemporary, Collaboration with Tabla°… / San Salvador & Santa Ana, El Salvador; Panama City, Panama; San Jose, Costa Rica; Santo Domingo, Dom

02/02/2015 - 02/12/2015

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Central America in 2015, Japanese Kotoist Yumi Kurosawa will be on tour in four Central American countries, joined by guest artist and tabla master Deep Singh, for an innovative musical performance emphasizing both tradition and modernity.

Click here for more on Ms. Yumi Kurosawa and Mr. Deep Singh.

This event is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic.

For more information about Japanese Arts in Latin America, please click here.

Performance: Japanese Arts in Latin America: °»The Thunder Drummers of Japan°… by Taiko Masala / Guatemala City, Guatemala; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Punta del Este, Uruguay

02/02/2015 - 02/12/2015

New York based Japanese drum performers will tour Guatemala, Honduras and Uruguay for performances in various venues, to mark the occasion of 80th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Central America in 2015. Click here for more on Taiko Masala.

This event is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Guatemala, Honduras, and Uruguay.

For more information about Japanese Arts in Latin America, please click here.

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