Since the 1980s, artist Yasumasa Morimura has been a leading figure of contemporary Japanese art, exploring the identity constructs of gender, race, and nationality, and influencing successive generations of followers. In conjunction with the Japan Society exhibition, Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura (through January 13), join us for this illuminating panel conversation with specialists Prof. Ignacio Adriasola (University of British Columbia), Thomas Sokolowski (Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University), and Midori Yoshimoto (New Jersey City University), focusing on Morimura's global impact.
Meet the Speakers:
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.
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Photo Credit: Still from Ego Obscura, 2018. Courtesy of the artist. © Yasumasa Morimura