Book Launch: From Postwar to Postmodern, Art in Japan 1945-1989: Primary Documents 

Cover of From Postwar to Postmodern, Art in Japan 1945-1989 In celebration of the launch of new publication of The Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA), From Postwar to Postmodern, Art in Japan 1945-1989: Primary Documents, the Japan Foundation and MoMA will host a panel discussion with important artists and thinkers from Japan representing distinct generations of Japanese postwar art history. This volume gathers texts that are critical to a deeper understanding of postwar Japanese art, the majority of which have been translated into English for the first time. These translations are complemented by contextual essays and newly-commissioned texts by Japan and US-based scholars.

The event, which will be open to the public, will consist of a series of discussions moderated by the co-editors of the book and curators at MoMA—Doryun Chong, Associate Curator in MoMA’s Painting & Sculpture department; Michio Hayashi, Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University; Fumihiko Sumitomo, independent curator, Tokyo; Kenji Kajiya, Assistant Professor of the Hiroshima City University; and Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator at MoMA. Guest speakers include scholars, curators and artists including Hiroshi Nakamura, Yuri Mitsuda, Lee Ufan, Akira Tatehata, Arata Isozaki, Taro Igarashi, Koki Tanaka and Mika Kuraya.

Date: Friday, April 26, 2013, 4:00-7:00pm
Venue: JFIC Hall "Sakura", the Japan Foundation Access
Organizer: The Japan Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Admission is free (Maximum capacity: 80 people-advance booking is necessary)
  • Simultaneous interpretation (Japanese and English) is provided

This publication is made possible by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art in honor of its members and friends Toshio Hara, Minoru Mori, Takeo Obayashi, Yoshio Taniguchi, and Seiji Tsutsumi. Generous support is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Minoru Mori, The Asian Cultural Council, Inc., E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Obayashi Corporation, Obayashi Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, ISE Cultural Foundation, and The Saison Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art members Wendy Stark Morrissey, Frances Reynolds, and Byron Meyer. From Postwar to Postmodern, Art in Japan 1945–1989: Primary Documents is published by The Museum of Modern Art in cooperation with the Japan Foundation.

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