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RAJIKARU! Experimentations in Japanese Art 1950-1975: Graduate Workshop

Co-organized by Mika Yoshitake (Department of Art History, UCLA) and PoNJA-GenKon (Post-1945 Japanese Art Discussion Group/Gendai Bijutsu Kondankai)

Sunday, April 29, 2007
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
UCLA Hammer Museum
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Kusama at Driving Image Show, 1964, Castellane Gallery, New York
Photo courtesy of Kusama Studio, Tokyo

This half-day workshop brings together graduate students whose research focuses on artistic practices in postwar Japan (spanning reportage painting, performance, photography, manga, and architecture) between 1950 and 1975.

Panel 1: 10-11:45 AM

Out In The World

moderator: william marotti / assistant professor, dept. of history, ucla

/ nansenu: the practice of a world circa 1970 japan (meow)!
ryan holmberg / history of art, yale university

/ two futures: metabolism and japan world exposition '70, osaka
hyunjung cho / art history, usc

/ megalopolis and wasteland: peripheral geographies of tokyo (1960-1971)
ignacio a. adriasola muñoz / art, art history & visual studies, duke university

Panel 2: 12:45-3 PM

Art As Engagement

moderator: bert winther-tamaki / associate professor, dept. of art history and visual studies ph.d. program, uc irvine

/ the tales of the tale of akebono village
justin jesty / east asian languages and civilizations, university of chicago

/ body and counterculture: yayoi kusama's photographic experiments, 1958-1969
midori yamamura / art history, cuny graduate center

/ the spectator as artist: the case of akasegawa genpei and hélio oiticica
pedro erber / dept. of asian studies, cornell university

/ expanded fields: suga kishio and kirokutai
mika yoshitake / dept. of art history, ucla

The workshop is part of a 3-day event on Postwar Japanese Art in connection with "Rajikaru! Experimentations in Japanese Art 1950-1975" (April 27-28) at the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The Getty event consists of performances, film screenings, and a full-day conference and is presented in conjunction with the GRI exhibition, "Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentations in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950-1975" (March 6 - June 3, 2007) curated by Charles Merewether and Rika Iezumi Hiro

Registration is required. Please e-mail your name and affiliation to:

Separate registration is necessary for the programs at the Getty Reserach Institute.

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Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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