The Broad – “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” ongoing

The Broad Yayoi Kusama

The Broad Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors October 21, 2017 – January 1, 2018 Advanced tickets for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors are sold out. A limited number of same-day, onsite $30 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each day that the exhibition is open.  The Broad’s first visiting special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is the first institutional survey to explore the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms. This exhibition will embark on the most significant North American tour of her work in nearly two decades, and The Broad will be the only California museum to host the exhibition. Yayoi...
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LACMA: “Atmosphere in Japanese Painting” ongoing

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Atmosphere in Japanese Painting Pavilion for Japanese Art September 15, 2017 – February 4, 2017 Atmosphere in Japanese Painting, presenting a span of techniques for evoking atmosphere, features the artist Yoshio Ikezaki (Japan, active United States, born 1953), who makes his own paper and sumi, which he applies with his ki (氣), energy, to reveal the natural forces within the elements of water and air impelled by the flow of ki. An entire level of the East Wing in the Pavilion for Japanese Art will be devoted to works of Yoshio Ikezaki. Three...
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LACMA: “Atmosphere” exhibition features Yoshio Ikezaki

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Atmosphere in Japanese Painting September 15, 2017–February 4, 2018 http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/atmosphere-japanese-painting In the Japanese language, there are about 50 words for rain, but also an equivalent surfeit of terms for snow, mist, and fog. Relatively simple painting tools are available to the Japanese artist—paper (washi), ink (sumi), water-based or mineral pigments, which, in formal situations, are applied to silk. Only the most skilled artists can convey the rush of water, rising mist or humidity, the chill of a frosty winter evening, and snow laced decoratively through an environment. Atmosphere in Japanese Painting, presenting a...
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LACMA: “Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonné from Gerber Collection” ongoing

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonné from the Collection of Donald K. Gerber and Sueann E. Sherry Pavilion for Japanese Art May 28, 2017–February 4, 2018 The 1830s marked the beginning of a renaissance in Japanese cloisonné production. Though small objects incorporating enamels were produced in Japan prior to the 19th century, a new generation of artisans developed techniques that enabled the creation of three-dimensional vessels, greater flexibility in surface design, and a number of different enameling styles. During the “golden age” of Japanese cloisonné production (approximately 1880–1910), intricate decorations, sophisticated use of color,...
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Japan Foundation: Free screening of “Campaign” (2007), Oct. 25, 7:00PM

Film Campaign

Japan Foundation Los Angeles Free Japanese Cinema Screening Bow to Everything, Even to An Electric Pole Campaign  (Senkyo)   (120mins, 2007) Directed by Kazuhiro Soda Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:00PM Free Admission, No RSVP Required A documentary that closely follows the Kawasaki city assembly by-election in 2005. This is a directorial debut of Soda Kazuhiro, that has been entered into a number of film festivals, including the official invitation from the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007. https://www.jflalc.org/ac-japanema-102517
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Film – Hirokazu Kore-eda Retrospective: Cinema from the Outside In, Oct. 25-29

Internationally acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda will be in Los Angeles to participate in an exciting retrospective of his films at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater and a other venues across town. The director will introduce some films and engage in Q&A about others. This exciting event is presented by the Yanai Initiative at UCLA and Waseda University and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, in association with the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the USC School of Cinematic Arts; and the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. Details about the...
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Okinawa Association: 1st World Okinawan Day at Torrance Cultural Art Center, Oct. 26, 7-9PM

1st Uchinaachu Day in Torrance

1st Annual World Uchinaachu Day October 26, 2017, 7 -9PM Torrance Cultural Art Center, Toyota Meeting Hall Featuring Guest Performers from Okinawa, directed by Daiichi Hirata Forwarded for the Okinawa Association of America Celebration of heritage: Torrance event with guests from Okinawa “Let us set off, to the five continents we will call home.” These powerful words were said over a century ago by Kyūzō Tōyama, historically known as the grandfather of Okinawan immigration. In honor of the first Okinawan immigrants who fearlessly traveled across the world, the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will host the inaugural World Uchinānchu...
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Pasadena Garden: Power and Beauty of Japanese Sword, Oct. 27, 5:30 – 7:30PM

Forwarded for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden THE POWER AND BEAUTY OF THE JAPANESE SWORD Friday, October 27 5:30pm to 7:30pm $30 Member discounts apply The Japanese sword is one of the most highly revered objects in Japanese traditional culture. Said to embody the spirit of the samurai warrior, the sword–especially the curved katana blade–is also one of the most exquisitely crafted art forms created in Japan. Please join us at the garden for a unique evening with Japanese sword collectors Yurie Halchek and Richard Suran, who will not only share their knowledge about the history and production of...
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Play: “Little Women” by Velina Hasu Houston / The Attic Theater, Oct. 28 – Nov. 21

Play - Little Women - Icon

Play: Little Women by Velina Hasu Houston directed by Jon Lawrence Riviera Oct. 28 – Nov. 21, 2017 Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 4 pm, Monday 8 pm The ATTIC Theatre, 5429 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 A world premiere multicultural transposition by Velina Hasu Houston inspired by the Louisa May Alcott novel. In 1955, Josephine Mayeda and her sisters Meg, Amy, and Beth are emerging in the midst of the history of Japanese Americans who found a place for themselves in Los Angeles’ African American neighborhoods after WWII’s forced incarceration camps. http://playwrightsarena.org/theater/little-women/
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Contemporary Art: Yayoi Kusama related performance series – Joshua Light Show – at The Broad, Nov. 2-4, 8–11 PM

Joshua Light Show with Live Musical Performances by Lesley Flanigan, Miho Hitori’s New Optimism and Noveller In 1968, influential concert promoter Bill Graham paired the Joshua Light Show with The Broad’s special exhibition artist Yayoi Kusama to collaborate on four performances at the Fillmore East in New York, where crowds enthusiastically observed Kusama and her performers engage in self-obliteration. For three evenings in November 2017, The Broad invites visitors to step away from contemporary selfie culture to experience an immersive environment of light and sound in the spirit of Kusama’s self-obliteration performances. Joshua Light Show will collaborate with musicians...
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Detroit: Japan Cultural Days set for Nov. 4-5 to celebrate opening of Japanese gallery

Suzuki Kiitsu Crane

DETROIT – The Detroit Institute of Arts will open its newly installed gallery of Japanese art on Saturday, Nov. 4. Traditional masterpieces will be displayed alongside contemporary objects to explore the complementary qualities of stillness and movement inherent in many Japanese artworks. Visitors are invited to imagine the object in their original contexts and spaces, such as tea rooms, Buddhist temples and domestic rooms. http://www.dia.org/japangallery To celebrate the opening of the new galley, a major two-day event named “Japan Cultural Days” will be held with master artists, dancers, martial art practitioners, confectionery chefs, and tea masters from Japan on...
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Pacific Standard Time LA/LA : “Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora” at Japanese American National Museum, ongoing

Japanese American National Museum TRANSPACIFIC BORDERLANDS: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo September 17, 2017 – February 25, 2018 Transpacific Borderlands will examine the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. By looking at the work of Japanese Latin American artists, the exhibition will show how ethnic communities, racial mixing, and the concepts of homeland and cosmopolitanism inform the creativity and aesthetics of this hybrid culture. Transpacific Borderlands is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a...
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