Morimura: The Journey of “the Self”

October 5, 2018
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Saturday, November 17, 2 PM

Since the 1980s, artist Yasumasa Morimura has been a leading figure of contemporary Japanese art, influencing numerous artists across the globe. Join us for this first-of-its-kind conversation with specialists Ignacio Adriasola (University of British Columbia), Thomas Sokolowski (Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University), and Midori Yoshimoto (New Jersey City University). Panelists will illuminate the varied facets of Morimura’s distinguished career, with insights on his photographic and visual art, historical post-war appropriation of space and moments, and movement into performance — collectively impacting successive generations of artists. Moderated by Japan Society Gallery Director, Yukie Kamiya.

Each ticket includes complimentary, same day admission to the Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura exhibition.

Ignacio Adriasola teaches in the Department of Art History at the University of British Columbia. His essay on the uncanny post-war architectural spaces that Morimura has engaged with, originally published in October, has been reproduced in the Japan Society exhibition catalogue as a critical study for understanding the artist’s practice.

Thomas Sokolowski is Director of the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University. He was a co-curator of the 1990 exhibition Against Nature: Japanese Art in the 1980s, which brought Morimura’s work to the U.S. along with that of other artists who came of age under the complex polarities and tensions of post-war Japan.

Midori Yoshimoto is Associate Professor of Art History and Gallery Director at New Jersey City University. Yoshimoto’s areas of expertise are post-1945 Japanese art and its global intersections, with a particular emphasis on women artists, Fluxus, performance, and intermedia art.

Tickets: $15/$12 members, seniors & students 

Box Office Policy

  • Friday, October 5, 2018
  • 12:00 am