Miwako Tezuka, Director, Japan Society Gallery
Masako Shiba, Gallery Officer
Cory Campbell, Gallery Associate
Appointed in July 2012, Dr. Miwako Tezuka is the first Japanese director of Japan Society Gallery in the Society’s over 100-year-long history. She is an internationally recognized curator and expert in modern and contemporary Japanese art. Tezuka received her PhD from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in 2005 with the dissertation titled Jikken Kōbō (Experimental Workshop): Avant-Garde Experiments in Japanese Art of the 1950s.
In 2003, to connect scholars and art professionals who share the interest in contemporary Japanese art, Tezuka cofounded the global online network PoNJA-GenKon (Post-1945 Japanese Art Discussion Group/Gendai Bijutsu Kondankai). Prior to her appointment at Japan Society, Tezuka was Associate Curator at Asia Society in New York, where she was responsible for creating cutting-edge exhibitions of contemporary Asian and Asia American artists. In 2006, she co-curated Projected Realities: Video Art from East Asia, the first exhibition at Asia Society that thoroughly focused on video art. From 2007 Tezuka also played a key role in creating a new collection of video and photography by contemporary Asian artists. From 2007 she oversaw “In Focus,” a series of solo exhibitions, through which she realized the first solo museum exhibitions in New York of such important artists as Yuken Teruya from Okinawa, Suda Yoshihiro from Tokyo, and U-Ram Choe from Seoul. The most groundbreaking work she realized was the 2010 exhibition Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool. Her other notable curatorial contributions included Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest (2009) and Mariko Mori: Kumano (2010).