JFNY & CGP NEWSLETTER | October 6, 2020
Pop Culture
The Japan Foundation, New York launched a monthly online series delving into Japanese pop culture from academic and professional perspectives. For the second session, we have invited two experts, Dr. Susan Napier and Dr. Stevie Suan, to analyze two of the most iconic anime, Ghost in the Shell and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Dr. Frenchy Lunning will moderate the discussion.

The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A. If you have any questions about the two titles, please post them on the Eventbrite page when you register. Live commentary will be enabled on the YouTube stream, so you can participate in the live Q&A session.

October 20, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY)
Drawn from the Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz Collection of Japanese Ceramics, this exhibition presents works by some of 20th- and 21st-century Japan’s most renowned artists. While the exhibition focuses on contemporary clay art, the 41 works on display also provides a survey of Japan’s ceramic tradition over the past 80 years. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

On view through October 31
Schneider Hall Galleries, University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
Curated by photography critic Iizawa Kotaro, this exhibition features 81 photographs by 11 photographers, juxtaposing images taken in the 1930s and 1940s with those after 2010. This traveling exhibition is on loan from The Japan Foundation and co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville.

Pioneer Works recently published an essay titled "Killer Joe's: 1960s Japanese Expanded Cinema in Discotheques" by Julian Ross, who is the co-curator of the exhibition More Than Cinema. This essay traces the overlooked history of the 1960s and 1970s underground discotheques that became the breeding ground for Japanese Expanded Cinema. Read the essay here.

Pioneer Works has reopened and the exhibition More Than Cinema has been extended until November 22. Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver's installation Cinematic Illumination is concurrently exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art through February 2021. More Than Cinema is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
The Japan Foundation, New York has invited leading experts in the Artist Visas field, who will present a walkthrough of the O-1, P-1 visa, and P-3 visa application process, and touch upon some important points to keep in mind when applying. There will be a Q&A session after their presentation.

October 11, 3pm EDT
Sachiyo Ito and Company will livestream the Salon Series, an ongoing program of performances and lecture-demonstrations of the traditional performing arts. Facing the crisis of the pandemic, the Company will offer a prayer and healing message through dance. Following the performances, artist Colin McNally will teach how to fold an origami crane, which is a symbol for peace and healing. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The Japan Foundation is planning to launch a short film series about Japanese traditional performing arts. The films, approximately 15 minutes each, will be released online with subtitles in several languages. We would appreciate it if you could participate in a preliminary survey for this series. The survey will only take 2 minutes to complete. You may submit comments and suggestions through the survey.

October 8, 9am EDT
Tobias Harris (Teneo Intelligence), a leading expert of Japanese politics and frequent commentator on television and radio, will give a talk on his new book, The Iconoclast, the first English-language biography of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Abe Shinzo. The event will be moderated by Dr. Adam Liff (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Dr. Phillip Lipscy (University of Toronto). Mr. Harris, along with Dr. Liff and Dr. Lipscy, are members of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future. This event is co-sponsored by Indiana University, Bloomington and the University of Toronto, and supported by CGP. 

Dr. Saori Katada’s (University of Southern California) work includes research and publication on international political economy, including regional integration, foreign aid policy, financial politics, and free trade agreements. She will give some prepared remarks on her new book, Japan’s New Regional Reality: Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific, followed by a Q&A/discussion moderated by Dr. Adam Liff (Indiana University, Bloomington). Dr. Katada and Dr. Liff are both Abe Fellows (1999 and 2016 respectively). This event is supported by CGP.  

The Abe Global Forum brings Abe Fellow research and expertise on pressing issues of global concern to broader audiences. The 2020 Forum will review the gains made in the struggle for gender equality over the last decade, and consider the challenges facing both Japan and the United States and the differential impact of the pandemic as a result of differences in education, marital status, occupation, and race. This forum is held by Social Science Research Council, 21st Century Japan Politics and Society Initiative at Indiana University, New America’s Better Life Lab, and CGP.

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

Shingu Sakaya (b. 1979), Erosion, 2014. Colored stoneware, 7 7/8 x 16 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz Collection. Image: © Shingu Sakaya. Photograph by Yuko Weiner, courtesy of Dai Ichi Arts.

Mika Ninagawa, TOKYO INNOCENCE, 2015. © mika ninagawa / Courtesy of TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY.

Jonouchi Motoharu, Hi Red Center Shelter Plan, 1964. Courtesy of Collaborative Cataloging Japan.

Photo by Tony Sahara, courtesy of Sachiyo Ito and Company.