Here and There

Here and There

A list of Japan-related events and exhibitions beyond Japan Society.


2017 DUMBO Dance Festival

October 5—8

Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
29 Jay Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn

WHITE WAVE Dance introduces 70 companies, national and international, to New York audiences. They are proud to presents many Japanese Choreographers and companies from Japan and around New York areas including: Michiko Kiyofuji, Azul Dance Theatre/Yuki Hasegawa, MICHIYAYA Dance, Yuka Kawazu/Danse En L'air, Tomomi Imai, and Mei Yamanaka & Misuzu Hara.

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HANA AKARI ORCHESTRA

October 20, 7:30—9 PM

The Ida K. Lang Recital Hall
Located at 424 Hunter North (Enter at 68th Street and Lexington)

The Hunter College Japanese Program, in collaboration with the college's Theater and Dance departments, present "Hana Akari Orchestra." Skilled geiko and maiko come from Japan to show their master artistry.

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Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
On view through 9.24.2017

Known for his collaborations with pop icon Kanye West and fashion house Louis Vuitton, and for vibrant anime-inspired characters, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) has blurred the boundaries throughout his career between high and low culture, ancient and modern, East and West. The MCA is proud to present a major retrospective of his paintings, featuring fifty works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works—many of which are being shown in North America for the first time—to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings. The exhibition, titled Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, shows how Murakami’s art is rooted in traditions of Japanese painting and folklore, and highlights the artist’s careful attention to craft and materials. It also showcases the artist’s astute eye for the contemporary influences of globalization, media culture, the continued threats of nuclear power.

Murakami’s increasingly complex paintings are filled with characters and scenarios both cute and menacing, saccharine sweet and critically acidic. They are evidence of a conflicted, concerned, and committed commentator on cultural production who recognizes that any effective “hook” is bound to have a sharp point. Throughout his career, and especially over the last ten years, Murakami has combined spectacle with sophistication, transforming the art world while establishing his own reputation within it. Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and is curated by the MCA’s James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling.

Image credit: Takashi Murakami, And Then, And Then And Then And Then And Then (Red), 1996–97. Acrylic on canvas mounted on board; 2 panels, each: 110 x 118 in. (280 x 300 cm). Courtesy of Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo. © 1996–97 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved Photo: Norihiro Ueno



Visible Vaults

San Diego Museum of Art
On view through 11.20.2019

The Visible Vaults will recreate part of The San Diego Museum of Art's most carefully guarded area, a place that is invisible to most visitors—the vaults where the thousands of works of art in our collection are stored. Often curators cannot put everything on view that deserves to be displayed; some works of art are too fragile, some are too light-sensitive, and others do not have the proper context in the galleries. However in this behind-the-scenes display, visitors will have the opportunity to discover nearly 300 little-known masterpieces, including works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, cloisonné, snuff bottles, tiles, and paintings. They will be able to open drawers, peek into virtual storerooms, and take the time to sketch and observe some of the great treasures of the collection.

One of the strengths of the Museum’s permanent collection is its print collection. Visible Vaults introduces guests to printmaking techniques used all over the world. In the first iteration, Japanese woodblock prints from the 19th century will be showcased alongside notable prints from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Additional works from Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Charles Reiffel and Lee Krasner will also be on display.

Image credit: Ando Hiroshige, Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake, 1857. Woodblock. The San Diego Museum of Art; Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett. 1957.247.

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