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Film: Masanori Oe's Experiments in Film, 1967-1969 / Philadelphia, PA & Evanston, IL

02/11/2017, 02/16/2017 - 02/17/2017

This dual-city event will provide an opportunity to explore the historical intersection of experimental filmmaking with documentary cinema traditions in a period of radical social and political change. Scholar and curator Hirasawa Go and filmmaker Masanori Oe will be in person for a discussion at both venues. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

For more information about the screening at International House Philadelphia, please click here.
For more information about the screenings at the Block Cinema at Northwestern University, please click here.

The screenings take place on Saturday February 11 at International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA; and on Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17 at the Block Cinema at Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL.

[Image: Oe Masanori's Head Game, 1967. Courtesy of the filmmaker]

Exhibition: Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms & Armor / Cincinnati, OH

02/11/2017 - 05/07/2017

130 warrior-related objects selected from the museum collection and the collection of Gary Grose will be on display to introduce Japanese samurai culture and arts from the 16th to 19th centuries.
This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on veiw from February 11 through May 5 at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH.

[Image: Suit of armor, 16th century and 18th century, metal, leather, Museum Purchase, 1892.2784.]

Cultural Event: Family Day: Okinawa Lunar New Year / Washington, DC

01/28/2017 - 01/29/2017

Celebrate the Lunar New Year island style. For the closing weekend of the exhibition Bingata! Only in Okinawa, this event will be an all-ages festival that celebrates the traditions of the Ryukyu Kingdom, including traditional dance and karate demonstrations, creating your own bingata pattern, and fishing in the islands' tropical reefs. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on January 28, 10am-5pm and January 29, 1-5pm at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC. The exhibition Bingata! Only in Okinawa is on view through January 30.

[Image: Yuko Tamanaha, watansu with clouds, Chinese phoenix, pine, wisteria, sparrows, bamboo, and peonies on a yellow ground, 2014. Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.]

EXHIBITION: Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art / Houston, TX

01/28/2017 - 07/20/2017

This exhibition examines the rising awareness of bamboo as a medium of innovative art form, bringing works by 17 artists who display a mastery of the supreme technical skills inherent in their imaginatively crafted sculptures. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from January 28 through July 20 at Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX.

[Image: Uematsu Chikuyu, Moon Rise on Autumn Fields, 2007, bamboo (nemagaridake), rattan, lacquer, Japanese washi paper, hemp, photo © Susan Einstein]

Exhibition: Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960 - 1975 / Chicago, IL

01/28/2017 - 04/20/2017

This exhibition provides for the first time a thorough history of the short-lived yet influential Tokyo magazine Provoke, and draws out the many connections between photography, political protest, and performance in postwar Japan. This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from January 28 through April 20 at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL.

[Image: Eikō Hosoe. Japanese, born 1933. Kamaitachi #22, 1965. Gelatin silver print. 39.7 × 26.3 cm (image); 46.5 × 27 cm (paper). The Art Institute of Chicago, Promised gift of a private collection. © Eikō Hosoe. Obj: 221611.]

Performance: Those Who Remain: Concerto for Installation and Improviser / Seattle, WA

01/26/2017 - 02/05/2017

Experience this multidisciplinary collaboration between composer and musician Wayne Horvitz, visual artist Barbara Earl Thomas, and two Japan-based artists: video artist and VJ Yohei Saito and dancer/choreographer Yukio Suzuki. Using recordings of his work performed by the Seattle Symphony in 2015, Horvitz will compose a new electronic score with video created by Saito. Suzuki will perform several short dance improvisations daily at 12:30pm and 3pm. Four evening performances, each with different musicians, will be presented within the installation. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The installation on view from January 26 through February 5 at Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA. The evening performances are at 7:30pm on Friday, January 27, Tuesday, January 31, Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4.

[Photo: © Wistar Kay]

Exhibition: Washi Paper: Cultural Heritage and Artistic Creativity / New York, NY

01/26/2017 - 02/24/2017

This exhibition introduces the history of traditional handmade washi, the aesthetic beauty of kirikane through the subtle light reflected from haku (gold or silver foil), origami & origata, modern washi sculpture, and sho by a calligrapher whose brush strokes are drawn on handmade washi. This exhibition is nominally supported by the Japan Foundation, New York.

The exhibition is on view from January 26 through February 24 at the Nippon Club, 145 West 57th street, New York, NY.

[Image: Sankaibishi lamp I (diamond pattern) by Koji Shibazaki]

Exhibition: Manga and War / Jersey City, NJ

01/25/2017 - 03/03/2017

Organized by the Kyoto International Manga Museum in 2015 and traveling abroad for the first time, this exhibition commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. This is a rare opportunity to view 24 principal Japanese manga works on the theme of a war, along with original paintings and drawings by several manga authors. This traveling exhibition is made possible in collaboration with Ramapo College Galleries, and is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from January 25 to March 3 at the Visual Arts Gallery, New Jersey City University, 2039 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ.

[Image: Yuki Ozawa, cover art for Atokatanomachi 3, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Kodansha.]

Lecture by Shimabuku for the Exhibition The Animal Mirror / Brooklyn, NY


In conjunction with the current exhibition The Animal Mirror, Japanese artist Shimabuku will discuss his recent work. The evening also serves as the launch event for the exhibition catalog Aqueous Earth & The Animal Mirror. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The lecture takes place on January 24, 6:30pm–8pm at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. The exhibition The Animal Mirror is on view through January 27.

[Image: Shimabuku, Then I decided to give a tour of Tokyo to the octopus from Akashi, 2000, Performance and single channel video, 6 min. 56 sec.]

Performance: The Escher Quartet with Carol Wincenc featuring Japanese composer, Yuko Uebayashi / Miami, FL


The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach will present Japanese composer Yuko Uebayashi along side the Escher String Quartet and flutist Carol Wincenc. Uebayashi will be in attendance to speak about her new work. The Escher Quartet and Carol Wincenc will perform Uebayashi's Misericordia, Debussy's Syrinx, and Ravel's Quartet. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The concert takes place on Wednesday, January 18, 6pm, at the Mar-a-Lago Club, 1100 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL.

[Photo: Courtesy of the artist]

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