Japanese Women Artists Then and Now by Guest Speaker Midori Yoshimoto
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:00pm
The Institute for Asian Studies and The School of Art and Design Presents a Yoshiko Kakudo Memorial Lecture

Japanese Women Artists Then and Now by Guest Speaker Midori Yoshimoto

Date: Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Time: 6:00pm

Location: PSU SMSU #238

(1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201)



Yayoi Kusama, Walking Piece, 1966, photos by Eikoh Hosoe 

About the Lecture

This talk will provide a historical overview of the emergence of women artists in the post-1945 Japan, with an emphasis on those who were part of the Gutai Art Association (1954-72), and those who left Japan for New York in the late 1950s and early 1960s (Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono, Shigeko Kubota, etc), and those who came to prominence in the 1990s (Mariko Mori, Miwa Yanagi, etc), and the 2000s (Tabaimo, Tomoko Sawada, etc). As a whole, the talk will illuminate the feminist implications of these artists' works and what impacts they have had on the current generation of women artists.


FREE and Open to the Public


 About the Speaker: Midori Yoshimoto is an 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, and intermedia art. Her dissertation, "Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York", was published in 2005 (Rutgers Univ. Press). She contributed to numerous museum catalogs, including: Yes Yoko Ono (Japan Society, 2000); "Japanese Women Artists in Avant-garde Movements" (Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art, 2005); "Dissonance: Six Japanese Women Artists" (Toyota Museum of Art, 2008); Yayoi Kusama (Centre Pompidou, 2011); "Ay-O Over the Rainbow Once Again" (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2012); "Gutai: Splendid Playground" (Guggenheim Museum, 2013); "Yoko Ono One Woman Show" (The Museum of Modern Art, 2015). More recently, she has written essays on the younger generation of Gutai artists: ‘Norio Imai’ (both Axel Vervoordt Gallery, 2013); ‘Yuko Nasaka’ (2015); and on a Swiss-based abstract artist, ‘Shizuko Yoshikawa’ (Lars Müller, 2018). 
This event is co-sponsored by the School of Arts + Design and the Institute for Asian Studies
For more information, contact:
PSU Institute for Asian Studies
Tel.: 503-725-8576