10 Leading Experts in the Field of Photography Visit Japan: “Invitation of Group of Specialists in the Field of Visual Arts in the United States” (Fiscal 2012-2013)

The Japan Foundation annually conducts a program named “Invitation of group of specialists in the field of visual arts in the United States”, encouraging the program invitees, who work at leading art museums/ institutions in the United States, to deepen an understanding of Japanese art. In its fourth year, we present a symposium offering an opportunity to have discussion and exchange information to enhance mutual understanding between invitees from the United States and photographers and researchers in Japan. During the latter half of the 1960s and 1970s, artists worldwide conducted various experimental practices using photographic media, and recent years have seen an international increase of exhibitions and discussion on this subject. For this time, the symposium focuses on this remarkable period in the history of photography and explores an experimental spirit of the time together with the specialists in the field of its kind from Japan and the United States. The aim of the symposium is to serve as the first step for and to potentially lead to future collaboration in the area of photography and visual arts.

List of Invitees

(As of January 15, 2013)

  Name Title Organization
1 David Little Curator and Head
Department of Photography and New Media
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2 Michael Darling James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
3 Jennifer Blessing Senior Curator, Photography Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
4 Robin Kelsey Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography and Chair, History of Art and Architecture Department Harvard University
5 Joan Kee Assistant Professor, Department of The History of Art University of Michigan
6 Yasufumi Nakamori Associate Curator, Department of Photography/
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston/
Rice University
7 Eva Respini Associate Curator, Department of Photography The Museum of Modern Art
8 Matthew S Witkovsky Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator
Department of Photography
The Art Institute of Chicago
9 Amanda Maddox Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs J. Paul Getty Museum
10 Britt Salvesen Curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photographs and the Department of Prints and Drawings Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Symposium: Photography in the latter half of the 1960s and the 1970s

In the 1960s and 1970s, artists worldwide experimented simultaneously with photographic media and ways of using photography that had never been seen before. Photographic media moved closer to other areas of art, and there were collaborative projects involving art and photography. Recent years have seen an increase of exhibitions and discussion on this subject, as well as debate regarding its relationship to conceptual art, performance, and land art.
This symposium spans over two days and consists of three sessions each entitled “Landscape/Situation”, “The Ideology of Snapshots” and “Postmodernism: Appropriation and Reinterpretation”.

Dates: Wednesday, January 30 - Thursday, January 31, 2013

Clematis no Oka Hall (adjacent to IZU PHOTO MUSEUM)

*Simultaneous interpretation is provided
Organizers: The Japan Foundation, IZU PHOTO MUSEUM
How to Apply: Reservations required by phone.
(Admission free, 150 seats available for each session)
Tel: +81-(0)55-989-8780 (Clematis no Oka Communication Center)


Wednesday, January 30 2:00 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.

Session 1 “Landscape/Situation”
Moderator: Yasufumi Nakamori (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston/ Rice University)
Toshio Shibata (Photographer) “Why Photographer Takes Landscape? Landscape in Photography”
Naoya Hatakeyama (Photographer) “About Landscape”
Joan Kee (University of Michigan) “The Promise of Groundscapes”
Amanda Maddox (J. Paul Getty Museum) “The Art of Conflict: Japanese Photography in the Age of Anpo”
Britt Salvesen (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) “New Topographics, New Japanese Photography, and the
Built Landscape”
Matthew S Witkovsky (The Art institute of Chicago) “Displaced: Photography versus Landscape in Early Conceptual Art”

Thursday, January 31 10:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Session 2 “The Ideology of Snapshots”
Moderator: Yoshiaki Kai (Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
Yutaka Takanashi (Photographer) “Expression of Body in Photography: About Snapshot”
Yoshiaki Kai (Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) “Change in the Concept of Snapshot
around 1970”
Robin Kelsey(Harvard University)“The Deconstructed Snapshot”
David Little (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) “A Doggie Dog World: Moriyama’s Stray Snapshots”

1Thursday, January 31 2:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

Session 3 “Postmodernism: Appropriation and Reinterpretation”
Moderator: Yuri Mitsuda(Art critic)
Miyako Ishiuchi (Photographer) “From Yokosuka to Hiroshima”
Masashi Kohara (IZU PHOTO MUSEUM) “Visions of Fuji: An Incurable Malady of Modern Japan”
Michael Darling (Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago) “Photography Shoots Itself: Jiro Takamatsu and the Objectification of the Photograph”
Jennifer Blessing (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum) “Gina Pane’s Photographic Installations, 1968-1978”
Eva Respini (The Museum of Modern Art) “Jikken Kōbō and Asahi Picture News: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Photography”

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