MAMC Night and Annual Cocktail Party
@ “Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing”
A MAMC Night incorporating the MAMC Annual Cocktail Party was held for MAMC members on the Tuesday of the final week of the “Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing” exhibition.
The first half of this year’s MAMC Night and MAMC Annual Cocktail Party consisted of a gallery tour of “Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing” led by exhibition curator Tsubaki Reiko; and the second, a talk by neuroscientist Mogi Kenichiro.
With seats for his talk filling almost immediately, and the spontaneous round of applause that greeted him on joining members unannounced for the gallery tour, Mogi was obviously a popular choice of speaker.
With Mogi also quizzing MAMC members out of the blue, this gallery tour turned out to be a little different from usual, with smiles throughout, and Mogi’s left-field views on some of the works - informed by his neuroscience background - also seeming to resonate with Tsubaki.
Mogi posited the idea that “Leandro makes works on the theme of a kind of reality-shaking vertigo” and at Building spoke of Erlich’s works as “one-off opportunities, in which one becomes part of the work, and the work is different each time.”
The second part of the evening, the MAMC Annual Cocktail Party, consisted of a talk at Restaurant THE MOON on the 52nd floor.
Mogi began by talking about his research specialty of “qualia.”
Qualia is apparently extremely important in neuroscientific terms when thinking about art.
Mogi set the pace for the talk, firing a barrage of questions at Tsubaki. As a contemporary art fan himself, Mogi displayed a good understanding of the kind of questions members would like to ask, and any queries they might have, making for some fascinating exchanges. Occasionally he also went “off the record,” with lots of fun ensuing for everyone.
After the talk some members returned to the gallery to take photos, a little sad perhaps to farewell the Leandro Erlich show. The gallery being reserved for MAMC members on this occasion, one imagines they snapped some very personal, memorable art shots to call their own.
The next MAMC event will be a MAMC Night at the “Japan in Architecture” show. Details will be available on Members’ Express. We look forward to seeing you there!
Original text: Imamura Akiko (Marketing Group, Mori Art Museum)
Photo: Mikuriya Shinichiro