Urgent Talk 017: Why Mono-ha Now? - Yoshitake Mika
Conducted in Japanese
The talk will cover the historical formation and reception of Mono-ha over the last forty years in both Japan and abroad. Stemming from the research and organization of Yoshitake's 2012 exhibition, "Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha," the talk will begin by briefly addressing the development of Mono-ha as a movement - its key principles and theorization by artists and critics - and how the dynamics of its discursive shift from image theory to phenomenology differed from parallel practices in the US It will then address significant changes in context between the way Mono-ha was initially received abroad versus the recent attention surrounding postwar Japanese art through new exhibitions in the US [i.e. "Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde" (MoMA, Fall 2012) and "Gutai: Splendid Playground" (Guggenheim, Spring 2013)]. The talk will conclude with questions surrounding the process of museum acquisitions, re-fabricating and re-presenting ephemeral works, and overall impact on artistic value in the international art market.
- Date & Time
- 19:00-20:30, January 29 [Tue], 2013 (Doors Open: 18:30)
- Yoshitake Mika (Assistant Curator of contemporary art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.)
- Yoshitake Mika
- Yoshitake Mika is Assistant Curator of contemporary art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. She organized "Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha" at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles in Spring 2012 based on her Ph.D. dissertation from UCLA in 2012. She has coordinated museum retrospectives on Lee Ufan at the Guggenheim and Murakami Takashi at MOCA, Los Angeles. She has contributed catalogue essays in "Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde" (MoMA, 2012); "Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity" (Guggenheim, 2011); "Target Practice: Painting Under Attack, 1949-78" (Seattle Art Museum, 2009).