2013 / Author on Asia / Art and Revolution in 1960s Japan, Oct 13 at 2 pm

Book: Art and Revolution in 1960s JapanPacific Asia Museum

46 North Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101


Authors on Asia

Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

William Marotti will discuss and sign Money, Trains, and Guillotines: Art and Revolution in 1960s Japan.


During the 1960s a group of young artists in Japan challenged official forms of politics and daily life through interventionist art practices.

William Marotti places this phenomenon in the historical and political contexts of Japan after the Second World War and the international activism of the 1960s.

In 1960, the Japanese government renewed its Cold War partnership with the United States, defeating protests against a new security treaty through parliamentary action and the use of riot police.

The government then promoted a depoliticized everyday world of high growth and consumption, creating a sanitized national image to present in the Tokyo Olympics of 1964.

Artists were the first to challenge this new political mythology. Marotti examines their political art, and the state’s aggressive response to it.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Light refreshments.

Program is free for members and included in museum admission for non-members, $10 general, $7 students and seniors. 

RSVP to the museum store, (626) 449-2742, ext. 20.  www.pacificasiamuseum.org