The Second STARS-Related Talk Session “From Japan to Overseas: Exhibitions in Europe and the United States,” Underway, with Its Recording to Be Uploaded to YouTube!

2020.10.13 [Tue]

As the second edition of STARS-related Talk Session series “From Japan to Overseas,” guests are invited to the Mori Art Museum in mid-October and have a discussion without an audience. The video footage of the session will be uploaded on YouTube on the later date.

All three sessions from Talk Session series “From Japan to Overseas: Exhibitions in Europe and the United States” will be recorded and streamed online (via YouTube). The first Session entitled “The Art Market,” held on September 26 will be uploaded soon. The last Session entitled “History of Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibitions in Asia (TBD)” will also take place in early November, and the recording will likewise be shared online.

In this second Talk Session invites art experts who have been involved in organizing exhibitions on contemporary Japanese art in Europe and the United States, to examine how the nation’s art has been introduced and received in the West. Specific focus is given to exhibitions le Japon des avant-gardes 1910-1970 (Pompidou Center, 1986), International Pop (Walker Art Center, 2015), and the reception of female Japanese women artists abroad.

Okabe Aomi (Art Critic, Curator, and Director of the International Department of the Committee for “Ueno, a Global Capital of Culture”), Ikegami Hiroko (Professor, the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies of Kobe University), Nakajima Izumi (Associate Professor, Osaka University).
Yahagi Manabu (Assistant Curator, Mori Art Museum)

* Each speaker will deliver a presentation followed by approximately one-hour-long discussion.
* The released date of the program recording will be announced on our website.

Installation view: STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World, Mori Art Museum
Installation view: STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2020
Photo: Takayama Kozo

Speakers’ Profiles

Okabe Aomi

An art critic and curator. Okabe has been Director of the International Department of the Committee for “Ueno, a Global Capital of Culture” since 2018. She was Artistic Director of Exhibitions of the Maison de la Culture du Japon in Paris until 2020 for 6 years, and a professor at the Musashino Art University for 12 years. She was also a Visiting Researcher at the New York University and a Lecturer & Guest Professor at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Her main achievements include serving as a Co-Commissioner of le Japon des avant-gardes 1910-1970 in Centre Pompidou (1986), Curator of Georges Rousse, Hanshin Art Project (1995) and Georges Rousse in Miyagi (2013). She has curated numerous exhibitions at the Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris such as Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi, Rei Naito, Tomoko Yoneda, Rio, Tokyo, Paris - Oscar Oiwa, Makiko Tanaka, Camille Fontaine, and Yuya Tsukamoto and contact Gonzo. At “Ueno, a Global Capital of Culture,” she has curated José María Sicilia and Metal Silence - Cristina Lucas and Fernando Sánchez Castillo.
Her publications include Story of Pompidou Center (Kinokuniya-shoten, 1997) and Art, Women and Images: Glocal Women (Saiki-sha, 2003). In addition, Okabe directed the documentary film Atsuko Tanaka, Another Gutai (video, color, 1998, 45 min. Ufer! Art Documentary, Japanese-English-French).

Ikegami Hiroko

Professor at the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies of Kobe University. Ikegami received her Ph.D. at Yale University and specializes in post-1945 American art and global modernisms. Her main publications include The Great Migrator: Robert Rauschenberg and the Global Rise of American Art (The MIT Press, 2010) and Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth (Royal Academy of Arts, 2017). In 2012, she was a lead curator for Shinohara Pops! exhibition at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and in 2015 curated a Japanese section for International Pop exhibition at the Walker Art Center. In 2016, she received the prestigious Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities for the Japanese edition of The Great Migrator. She is also a founding member and Vice Director of Oral History Archives of Japanese Art, an organization devoted to conducting interviews with individuals involved in the field of art in Japan, and making the transcripts available online as historical documents.

Nakajima Izumi

An art historian and Associate Professor at Osaka University, specializing in feminism, Japanese art history and contemporary art. After completing her M.A. degree at University of Leeds, Nakajima earned her Ph.D. at Hitotsubashi University in 2013. She has been interested in art and feminism in modern and contemporary Japan, and conducts interviews of women artists. Her recent publication includes Anti-action: Post-War Japanese Art and Women Artists (Brücke, 2019) and “Dream for Solidarity: Palestinian Art JAALA and Haryū Ichirō in the 1970s and 1980s” in Past Disquiet: Artists International Solidarity and Museums-in-Exile (University of Chicago Press, 2018).


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