JFNY & CGP NEWSLETTER | May 28, 2021
From Our Grantees
On view through October 31
The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY)
Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular artists in the world, drawing millions to experience her immersive installations. Exclusively at the New York Botanical Garden, Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity are inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants and flowers. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) is presenting a weekly webinar series on Japanese culture and society, Getting to Know Japan Series. Weston Konishi, foreign affairs expert and President of the Sake Brewers Association of North America, will discuss sake’s role in Japan’s foreign relations and the U.S.-Japan partnership. Konishi is a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future. The webinar series is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

How has Japonisme shaped the reception of Japanese art? In this online program, professors Elizabeth Emery and Chelsea Foxwell will consider the persistent influence of the western construct of Japonisme and the new aesthetic forms it inspired. This is the final installment of the talk series presented by the Harvard Art Museums in conjunction with the exhibition Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection. The Painting Edo exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program. 

June 8, 8pm EDT / 7pm CDT
Online
As the popularity of Japanese cuisine has increased in the U.S., the word "umami" has gained notoriety. Umami is often described as the fifth basic taste after sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth invites Ana San Gabriel with Ajinomoto Co., Inc. to demystify the essence of Japanese foods while learning about a balanced diet. In this interactive and informative session, you will learn about umami from both historical and scientific backgrounds. This event is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

June 10, 6am EDT / 7pm JST
Online
As part of YCAPS’ Getting to Know Japan Series, Dr. Robert Hoppens, History Professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and expert on contemporary Japanese history, will lead a lecture and discussion on Japanese history from the end of the second World War to the present day. Dr. Hoppens is a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future. The webinar series is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

As part of The Architectural League of New York’s Current Work series, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Toyo Ito will present a lecture on his recent work in Japan and beyond. Ito’s lecture will focus on rethinking what he describes as the “Modernist ideology” that has encouraged “the massive development of cities along with the global economic system.” Noting the recent “time-out” imposed by the Covid-19 virus, he asks, “Will the society that is metropolitan-oriented change? Or will we return to where we were?” The lecture will be followed by a conversation and Q&A moderated by architect Toshiko Mori. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Ever wonder why Edo-era Japanese artists created such innovative art? Or how Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism influenced their art? The National Consortium for Teaching About Asia teamed up with filmmaker Linda Hoaglund to create four education modules for K-12 classrooms based on her film, Edo Avant-Garde. The detailed lesson plans include hands-on activities, beautiful video clips, and various supplemental materials such as pronunciation guides. The materials are available for free on the Edo Avant-Garde website. This project is supported through the CGP Grassroots Exchange Discretionary Grant.

For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org
Image credits:

I Want to Fly to the Universe, 2020. The New York Botanical Garden, 2021. Urethane paint on aluminum. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner. Photo by Robert Benson Photography.

Suzuki Kiitsu, Fans of Seasonal Flowers and Plants (iris), Japanese, Edo period, c. 1828–58. One of eight fan paintings; ink, color, silver, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42096.12.

Toyo Ito & Associates | Home-for-All in Rikuzentakata, Iwate, Japan, 2012. Credit: Naoya Hatakeyama

Image courtesy of Linda Hoaglund