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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.]

Lecture: Workshop on U.S.-Japan Relations / Baltimore, MD


This lecture by former U.S. Ambassador Rust Deming is part of Johns Hopkins University’s East Asian Studies Program Fall 2016 Speaker Series. The lecture is partially supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program.

The lecture takes place on December 7, 4 - 6pm at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD).

Performance: monster / Queens, NY

12/03/2016 - 12/04/2016

The dancer and choreographer Kensaku Shinohara will present monster, along with Gabrielle Revlock's Fish Tank at the Queens Museum. monster is a 17-minute dance to Crazy Wisdom by Viera Janárčeková, a Slovakian contemporary experimental composer. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The performances will be presented at 12:30pm and 3pm on both Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 at the Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY. Free & open to all, no RSVP required.

[Photo: © Kelly Strayhorn Theater]

Film: A Dialogue: Living Harmony / Philadelphia, PA


This innovative documentary explores the burgeoning organic farming and slow food movements in Southern Japan, directed by sustainable Chef Chigumi Obayashi, daughter of renowned avant-garde filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi (House). Director Chef Chigumi Obayashi will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The film shows at 2:30pm at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street Philadelphia PA. In conjunction with the screening, Obayashi will give a cooking demonstration at 11:30am at the Reading Terminal Market, Reading Terminal Market, City Kitchen, 12th and Arch Streets Philadelphia, PA.


11/17/2016 - 11/25/2016

Beginning Thursday, November 16, one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers in Japanese cinema, Takeshi Kitano will be featured at Metrograph with the screening of eleven of his early works, including his directorial debut Violent Cop and Hana-Bi/Fireworks. This retrospective is co-organized with Metrograph.

The series runs from November 17 to November 25 at Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street, New York, NY.

[Image: Sonatine © 1993 Shochiku Co., Ltd.]

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.]

Film: The Sword of Doom / Queens, NY


This special screening of The Sword of Doom once again welcomes the legendary actor Tatsuya Nakadai in person. Nakadai, returning to Museum of the Moving Image for the fourth time, shares his memory of his another longtime collaborator director Kihachi Okamoto. This event is co-presented with the Museum of the Moving Image.

The film shows on Saturday, November 5, 3:30 pm at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY.

[Image: ©1966 Toho Co., Ltd.]

Lecture: "This Could Save Your Life: Creative Design & Disaster Preparedness" / New York, NY


Japan is subject to many natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, as a result, it is often at the forefront of disaster preparedness. Since 2006 Hirokazu Nagata, founder of NPO + Arts (Plus Arts) and the Vice Director of the Design Creative Center Kobe (KITTO), has been working with designers, social innovators and architects to create awareness and prepare communities for disasters through thoughtful and creative designs. Join us for an introduction to his broad body of work, which includes collaborations with companies such as MUJI and AIG, preparing families through games and camps, pocket manuals for employees, and innovative emergency shelters, among other imaginatively designed products. Mr. Nagata will also give a small demonstration of how to make "disaster-preparedness plates". The lecture and demonstration will be followed by a reception.

This talk will coincide with World Tsunami Awareness Day (Nov 5th) and also commemorate the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Date: Friday, November 4, 6:30 PM
Location: Japan Society 333 East 47th St, Murase Room, New York NY 10017
Tickets: For tickets, please refer to the event page on Japan Society's website.

This event is co-organized with the Japan Society, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and the support of All Nippon Airways.

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