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  • The Jewish Museum - Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History
    turn a daywear blazer into an article of evening dress Isaac Mizrahi sketch for Totem Pole gown fall 1991 Photograph by Richard Goodbody Jewish Museum New York The poster for the film Unzipped 1995 Copyright Miramax image provided by Everett Collection Alamy Next Previous Isaac Mizrahi 2015 Photograph Jason Frank Rothenberg Isaac Mizrahi An Unruly History is the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer artist and entrepreneur On view from March 18 to August 7 2016 the exhibition explores Isaac Mizrahi s unique position at the intersection of high style and popular culture While best known for his clothing designs Mizrahi s creativity has expanded over a nearly three decade career to embrace acting directing set and costume design writing and cabaret performance Spanning his first collection in 1987 to the present day An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of his prolific career juxtaposing work in fashion film television and the performing arts Spring Heeled Heels leather metal spring 2010 Photograph Jason Frank Rothenberg Isaac Mizrahi s inventive and provocative style advances complex issues within the fashion arena igniting a spirited discourse about high versus low modern glamour and contemporary culture For example his runway shows were cast with unconventionally beautiful models of all ethnicities dressed in Star of David belts Western wear infused handmade lace Adidas sneakers in place of high heels handbags worn as hats or humble cotton undershirts paired with floor length taffeta skirts Uniting opposites is a Mizrahi signature which arises in his many combinations of evening and sportswear formal and casual and couture and mass market Isaac Mizrahi An Unruly History is organized thematically exploring key trends in Mizrahi s work from the use of color and prints to witty designs that touch on issues of race religion class and politics The core of the exhibition features iconic designs from the Isaac Mizrahi New York clothing label 1987 1998 the semi couture collections 2003 2011 and the trailblazing line for Target 2002 2008 The show is comprised of approximately 50 looks that include clothing hats jewelry shoes accessories and costumes for the theater the opera and the Mark Morris Dance Group Also featured are the designer s original drawings performance stills and behind the scenes photographs A bespoke multi screen video installation showcases a variety of content drawn from film and television cameos and runway shows as well as from the award winning documentary Unzipped the television program The Isaac Mizrahi Show scenes from the cabaret LES MIZrahi appearances on Project Runway and the current QVC network show IsaacMizrahiLive Isaac Mizrahi An Unruly History is organized by Chee Pearlman Guest Curator with Kelly Taxter Assistant Curator the Jewish Museum Join our Exhibitions e News list to get updates on the exhibition About Isaac Mizrahi Isaac Mizrahi b 1961 was born in Brooklyn New York Raised in a Jewish family he attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush before transferring to New York City s High School for the Performing Arts

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  • The Jewish Museum - The Television Project: Some of My Best Friends
    crucial to furthering the Jewish Museum s mission to collect preserve exhibit and interpret art and Jewish culture View All Memberships Shop Open today from 11 am 5 45 pm See what s on today Search Gallery About Previously The Television Project Some of My Best Friends March 18 August 14 2016 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Share on Pinterest All in the Family CBS TV Series 1971 1979 Clockwise from left Rob Reiner Sally Struthers Carroll O Connor and Jean Stapleton CBS image provided by Photofest About The Television Project Highlights from the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting Now Playing Picturing a People Through February 14 2016 Upcoming Picturing a People Starting September 25 2015 As the second installment in The Television Project series Some of My Best Friends examines anti Semitism through the lens of television and pop culture Culled from the over 4 000 holdings of the Jewish Museum s National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting the exhibition features clips from programs spanning the last 60 years works of art and ephemera and reveals anti Semitism as a persistent issue in American society of the past and present Superman s Code for Buddies 1950 Print advertisement Collection National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting The Jewish Museum New York On view as part of The Television Project Some Of My Best Friends The Television Project Some of My Best Friends considers prejudicial depictions of Jewish identity across a range of historic and contemporary television media from the satire and humor of situation comedy to the gravity of dramas that dissect the origins motivations and consequences of anti Semitism The curatorial investigation highlights how television and pop culture have explored the subject of anti Semitism with considerable artistry and sophistication Television has served as a powerful artistic venue for exploring prejudice in its myriad forms observes curator Maurice Berger The medium s handling of anti Semitism been surprisingly broad and diverse While television s interest in the subject swelled in the decades following World War II and the Holocaust the medium continues to tackle the question of prejudice against Jews At the centerpiece of The Television Project Some of My Best Friends is a compilation video comprised of television clips from programs such as All in the Family Downton Abbey Gunsmoke LA Law Little House on the Prairie Mad Men The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Skokie The exhibition also includes objects or works of art that reject or are infused with the history of anti Semitism in the United States About the Curator Maurice Berger is Research Professor and Chief Curator at the Center for Art Design and Visual Culture University of Maryland Baltimore County and Curator of the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting at the Jewish Museum in New York The Television Project is made possible by The Knapp Family Foundation the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the Alfred J Grunebaum Memorial Fund Previously In This Series The Television Project Picturing a People September

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/the-television-project-some-of-my-best-friends (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional Portrait
    Gallery About Previously Masterpieces Curiosities The Fictional Portrait March 18 August 14 2016 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Share on Pinterest article data cycle speed 1000 data cycle swipe true data cycle center horz true data cycle center vert true data cycle timeout 0 data caption container gallery attribution Unknown Artist Portrait of a Man n d oil on canvas 30 x 25 in The Jewish Museum New York Gift of Dr Harry G Friedman F 4922a Unknown Artist Portrait of a Woman n d oil on canvas 29 15 16 x 25 in The Jewish Museum New York Gift of Dr Harry G Friedman F 4922b Previous Slide Next Slide Unknown Artist Portrait of a Man n d oil on canvas 30 x 25 in The Jewish Museum New York Gift of Dr Harry G Friedman F 4922a About Masterpieces Curiosities Now Playing aquamanile Through March 23 2014 Upcoming aquamanile Starting November 8 2013 Now Playing jewishgiant Through August 3 2014 Upcoming jewishgiant Starting April 11 2014 Now Playing Quilt Through February 16 2015 Upcoming Quilt Starting August 22 2014 Now Playing Through August 23 2015 Upcoming Starting March 13 2015 Now Playing Through February 14 2016 Upcoming Starting September 25 2015 The latest iteration of the essay style exhibition series studies two companion portraits in the Jewish Museum s collection revealing a tale far different from what has been assumed for almost a century Portrait of a Man and Portrait of a Woman Digital X ray Art Analysis Research New York 2015 If every picture tells a story then at a glance a portrait tells a simple one the faithful biography of a sitter as conveyed by a named artist This often misleading assumption lies at the heart of Masterpieces Curiosities The Fictional Portrait which illuminates the complex relationship between portraiture and truth Stephen Brown Associate Curator examines two paintings in the Museum s permanent collection Acquired in 1957 the Mears portraits were credited to an 18th century American artist and thought to represent a prominent Jewish merchant of colonial New York and his wife After a decade of research the identities of the artist and sitters have been reconsidered through archival investigation genealogical studies and X ray analysis The idea of portraiture is based on the belief in some direct relation between the image and the sitter asserts Brown But every image is a representation and all representation is fiction By separating fact from fiction and unveiling the truth behind these enigmatic portraits Masterpieces Curiosities The Fictional Portrait lays to rest a mystery centuries old while challenging our notions concerning the genre of portraiture MasterpiecesCuriosities Masterpieces Curiosities The Fictional Portrait was organized by Stephen Brown Associate Curator The series Masterpieces Curiosities is organized by Jens Hoffmann Deputy Director Exhibitions and Public Programs and Daniel S Palmer Leon Levy Assistant Curator Previously In This Series Masterpieces Curiosities A Medieval Aquamanile November 8 2013 March 23 2014 Masterpieces Curiosities Diane Arbus s Jewish Giant April

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/masterpieces-curiosities-the-fictional-portrait (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist
    Photograph Malcolm Raggett Roberto Burle Marx Gardens of the Walter Moreira Salles residence Photograph Cesar Barreto Roberto Burle Marx Gardens of the Ministry of Education and Public Health Rio de Janeiro Photograph Cesar Barreto Next Previous Roberto Burle Marx Mineral roof garden Banco Safra headquarters São Paulo 1983 Photograph Leonardo Finotti The Brazilian artist Roberto Burle Marx 1909 1994 is one of the most prominent landscape architects of the twentieth century His famous projects range from the remarkable mosaic pavements on the seaside avenue of Rio de Janeiro s Copacabana Beach to the multitude of gardens that embellish Brasilia one of several large scale projects he executed in collaboration with famed architect Oscar Niemeyer Although his landscape design work is renowned worldwide the artist s work in other media remains little known Roberto Burle Marx Brazilian Modernist therefore explores the richness and breadth of the artist s oeuvre from landscape architecture to painting from sculpture to theater design from tapestries to jewelry Burle Marx painting a tablecloth in the loggia of his home the azulejo tile walls and chandelier composed of fruit and flowers on a metal armature are his work Photograph Tyba The son of a German Jewish father and a Brazilian mother of French Portuguese and Dutch descent Burle Marx embraced modernism in the early 1930s as the movement was taking hold in his country among artists and intellectuals Using abstraction as his guiding principle and grand sweeps of voluminous local foliage and colorful flora as his palette Burle Marx devised a whole new form of landscape expression revolutionizing garden design In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries gardens in Brazil had primarily followed French models featuring a symmetrical layout and imported flora Burle Marx on the other hand did away with symmetry and advocated for the use of native plants making numerous incursions into the Brazilian jungle throughout his lifetime in search of rare species He was a horticulturist and a pioneer ecologist who only used plants suitable to the environment and was one of the first to speak out against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest Throughout a more than sixty year career Burle Marx designed over 2 000 gardens worldwide and discovered over thirty plant species that now bear his name while never ceasing to paint sculpt and design textiles He was also an art collector a talented baritone and a consummate cook a veritable humanist and Renaissance man bursting with creativity Brazilian Modernist presents over one hundred works by Burle Marx demonstrating the versatility of his extraordinary talents from his earliest forays into landscape architecture to never before seen seen designs for synagogues and other Jewish sites he created late in life A number of international contemporary artists who have been inspired by Burle Marx will also be featured in the exhibition including Juan Araujo Paloma Bosquê Dominique Gonzalez Foerster Luisa Lambri Arto Lindsay Nick Mauss and Beatriz Milhazes Roberto Burle Marx Brazilian Modernist is organized by Jens Hoffmann Deputy Director Exhibitions and

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/roberto-burle-marx-brazilian-modernist (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes
    Events Become a member today Individual Corporate and Foundation support are crucial to furthering the Jewish Museum s mission to collect preserve exhibit and interpret art and Jewish culture View All Memberships Shop Open today from 11 am 5 45 pm See what s on today Search Gallery About Previously Using Walls Floors and Ceilings Beatriz Milhazes May 6 October 23 2016 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Share on Pinterest article data cycle speed 1000 data cycle swipe true data cycle center horz true data cycle center vert true data cycle timeout 0 data caption container gallery attribution Beatriz Milhazes Gamboa 2010 Mixed media Dimensions variable Installed at the Beyeler Foundation Switzerland Beatriz Milhazes Gamboa I 2013 Mixed media Dimensions variable Installed at Paço Imperial Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2013 Previous Slide Next Slide Beatriz Milhazes Gamboa 2010 Mixed media Dimensions variable Installed at the Beyeler Foundation Switzerland Now Playing Through April 20 2014 Upcoming Starting November 8 2013 Now Playing Mel Bochner Through October 19 2014 Upcoming Mel Bochner Starting May 2 2014 Now Playing Willem de Rooij Through April 19 2015 Upcoming Willem de Rooij Starting October 31 2014 Now Playing Chantal Joffe Through October 25 2015 Upcoming Chantal Joffe Starting May 1 2015 Now Playing Through April 24 2016 Upcoming Starting November 6 2015 Beatriz Milhazes will create a new series of sculptures for Using Walls Floors and Ceilings which will hang throughout the lobby of the Jewish Museum Beatriz Milhazes Gamboa 2009 Mixed media Dimensions variable Installed at James Cohan Gallery New York 2009 Milhazes new works are inspired by the annual celebration of carnival in her native Brazil Each object is composed of the ephemeral brightly colored and reflective materials used to decorate carnival floats and Milhazes collaborated with float fabricators to realize the works Refracting light and the movement of visitors beneath the sculptures incredibly light dangling tendrils brings them to life Using Walls Floors and Ceilings is a series of artist commissions at the Jewish Museum Initiated in 2013 artists from around the globe have been invited to create new art or adapt a work for placement in the entrance lobby The project builds upon Using Walls a 1970 exhibition of commissioned artworks installed both within and beyond the gallery space of the Museum s Warburg Mansion Using Walls Floors and Ceilings Beatriz Milhazes is organized by Kelly Taxter Assistant Curator and Jens Hoffmann Deputy Director Exhibitions Using Walls Floors and Ceilings Beatriz Milhazes is made possible by the generous support of Wendy Fisher Previously In This Series Using Walls Floors and Ceilings Claire Fontaine November 8 2013 April 20 2014 Using Walls Floors and Ceilings Mel Bochner May 2 October 19 2014 Using Walls Floors and Ceilings Willem de Rooij October 31 2014 April 19 2015 Using Walls Floors and Ceilings Chantal Joffe May 1 October 25 2015 Using Walls Floors and Ceilings Valeska Soares November 6 2015 April 24 2016 Contact Us 1109 5th Ave at 92nd

    Original URL path: http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/using-walls-floors-and-ceilings-beatriz-milhazes (2016-02-14)
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  • The Jewish Museum - The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film
    understood upon its release the film was eventually banned by Stalin s censors Based on a novel by Alexei Tolstoy it has remarkable Constructivist sets and elaborate costumes for the scenes on Mars designed by Alexandra Exter Battleship Potemkin Directed by Sergei Eisenstein 1925 USSR 71 min Eisenstein s masterpiece commemorates the Revolution of 1905 and indirectly that of 1917 Conditions on board the armored cruiser Potemkin are deplorable conveyed by shocking close ups of maggots infesting the ship s meat Enraged the loyal crew contemplates the unthinkable mutiny They seize control of the ship and raise the red flag of revolution their revolt becomes the rallying point for a Russian populace crushed beneath the heels of the tsar s Cossacks When the ruthless tsarist soldiers arrive to suppress the rebellion a massacre ensues on the grand Odessa Steps leading to the city s port The scene is one of the most famous and most quoted sequences in cinema history for its pioneering use of montage By the Law or Dura Lex Directed by Lev Kuleshov 1926 USSR 83 min Based on Jack London s novel The Unexpected By the Law is Kuleshov s Constructivist Western about five prospectors searching for gold in the remote Yukon The laborer Dennin whose job it is to manage the camp discovers gold but the other four continue to assign him domestic duties Dennin snaps and kills two of his companions The remaining two a husband and wife debate how they should deal with him and eventually decide strictly by the law that they must hang him for his crime This allegory on the hypocrisy of capitalistic and bourgeois life was made on a very small budget but had great international success although it was not shown in English speaking countries until the late 1930s Man with a Movie Camera Directed by Dziga Vertov 1929 USSR 68 min Man with a Movie Camera is one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era Startlingly modern it features a groundbreaking style of rapid editing done by Elizaveta Svilova Vertov s collaborator and wife and incorporates innumerable other cinematic effects to create a work of great power and energy Shot in Odessa Kiev and Kharkiv over three years the film captures twenty four hours in the life of a Soviet city It presents urban Russian life as a dizzying montage of people at work and play and the machines that endlessly whirl to keep the metropolis alive It is also a film about the artifice of filmmaking Vertov shoots scenes of the cameraman his brother Mikhail Kaufman shooting scenes scenes of film being edited and even scenes of a film audience There are recurring shots of an eye seen through a camera lens Man with a Movie Camera was Vertov s first full length film and despite these complexities his approach is simple functional and descriptive In assembling these fragments of reality he aims to depict deeper ideas than can be seen with the eye alone Mother Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin 1926 USSR 89 min Mother based on a novel by Maxim Gorky depicts a woman s fight against tsarist rule during the 1905 Revolution She is not at first politically aware but becomes involved in the struggle when her husband and son take opposite sides during a workers strike Her husband dies in the strike her son is arrested summarily tried and sentenced to hard labor in a prison camp Awakened she joins the revolutionaries who attempt to free the camp s prisoners In the climax tsarist troops suppress the uprising and both mother and son are killed Pudovkin uses crosscutting to enhance his narrative in contrast to Eisenstein who employs the technique to achieve dissonance Mother was the first of Pudovkin s trilogy of Revolution inspired films followed by The End of St Petersburg and Storm over Asia also screening October or Ten Days That Shook the World Directed by Sergei Eisenstein 1927 USSR 103 min Officially produced to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Russian Revolution October traces the fall of the tsar the rise of Lenin and the triumph of the Bolsheviks As in Battleship Potemkin also screening Eisenstein experimented in film technique using explosive montage to evoke the spirit of revolution in this case the events in St Petersburg during the months leading up to the Bolshevik revolt and deploying space shadow movement and rhythm to convey mood and meaning A workers rebellion in the streets followed by the raising of bridges to isolate their neighborhood becomes a visual symphony of panic Salt for Svanetia Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov 1930 USSR 55 min Criticized when first released for its hyperbole and naturalism Salt for Svanetia is now regarded as one of Kalatozov s best films A drama about the struggle for survival of a small isolated community in the Caucasus the film is shot in a documentary ethnographic style The daily work of the villagers is recounted and their ancient ways of farming recorded High in the mountains the people lack salt until the Soviet government builds a road to reach them The camera becomes part of the story through dynamic movement a characteristic of Kalatozov s later films The director traveled to Svanetia to shoot another film The Blind Woman which was never released because it was accused of formalism Today that film is lost but Salt for Svanetia is composed of discarded footage from it Storm Over Asia Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin 1928 USSR 125 min In Storm Over Asia the last film in Pudovkin s trilogy on the Revolution an ailing Mongolian hunter sends his son to a trading post to sell a valuable silver fox fur When a British trader cheats him out of the fur the young trapper fights back and is forced to flee He joins a band of Bolshevik partisans fighting the occupying British army He is captured and sentenced to death but a document found in an amulet around his

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  • The Jewish Museum - Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn
    1956 Marilyn Monroe s musical Menorah Brass plate c 1950 Collection of Amir Ben Zion Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher on the cover of Motion Picture magazine July 1959 Next Previous from William John Kennedy The Warhol Museum Edition Courtesy of kiwiartsgroup com and www warhol org editions The public personas of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe were constructed but when they converted to Judaism the change for both women was personal and profound Becoming Jewish Warhol s Liz and Marilyn draws parallels between the actresses identities as Jewish women and Warhol s exploration of their celebrity through his image making Installation view of the exhibition Becoming Jewish Warhol s Liz and Marilyn The Jewish Museum NY Photo by David Heald Installation view of the exhibition Becoming Jewish Warhol s Liz and Marilyn The Jewish Museum NY Photo by David Heald Marilyn was a myth wrote the journalist Max Lerner in 1962 And Liz is a legend Andy Warhol s iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor reflect this sentiment Elizabeth and Marilyn enthralled him they were beauty success and fame personified In the 1960s the cultural power of these two screen goddesses was immeasurable Fans including Andy fixated on their lives He was as always drawn to the dark side of celebrity interested not only in their screen triumphs but also their troubled marriages illness and the rumors that filled the gossip magazines As he once said Everybody needs a fantasy While their families and love affairs were widely reported on Monroe and Taylor managed to preserve personal lives separate from their public personas Thus the conversion of both women to Judaism remained private Marilyn chose to become Jewish upon her marriage in 1956 to the playwright Arthur Miller himself a Jew She took the decision seriously studying Judaic texts with the Miller family s rabbi Robert E Goldburg Liz developed a spiritual and emotional connection to Judaism after the 1958 death in a plane crash of her producer husband Mike Todd born Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen She converted the following year and was a passionate supporter of Israel and Jewish philanthropies throughout her life Becoming Jewish Warhol s Liz and Marilyn explores Andy Warhol s fascination with Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor and the tabloid world they embodied His epochal paintings of the actresses in the 1960s coincided with the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood and an upsurge in consumer culture Jewish consciousness and openly Jewish celebrity were also on the rise The fact that Hollywood s blonde bombshell and violet eyed siren were both converted Jews was significant it signaled a growing popular acceptance of Jewish public figures Warhol s portraits both photographically familiar and disturbingly abstracted explore the complex manufactured nature of identity His images cemented their status as the most glamorous women of their era the twentieth century s great myth and legend WarholLizMarilyn Becoming Jewish Warhol s Liz and Marilyn is organized by Joanna Montoya Robotham Neubauer Family Foundation Assistant Curator Becoming

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  • The Jewish Museum - Sights and Sounds: Japan
    Playing Israel Through August 28 2014 Upcoming Israel Starting August 1 2014 Now Playing Portugal Through September 28 2014 Upcoming Portugal Starting August 29 2014 Now Playing Singapore Through October 30 2014 Upcoming Singapore Starting September 29 2014 Now Playing Poland Through November 25 2014 Upcoming Poland Starting October 31 2014 Now Playing Australia Through December 25 2014 Upcoming Australia Starting November 28 2014 Now Playing Turkey Through January 29 2015 Upcoming Turkey Starting December 26 2014 Now Playing Vietnam Through February 26 2015 Upcoming Vietnam Starting January 30 2015 Now Playing Through March 26 2015 Upcoming Starting February 27 2015 Now Playing Hungary Through April 30 2015 Upcoming Hungary Starting March 27 2015 Now Playing Through May 28 2015 Upcoming Starting May 1 2015 Now Playing India Through June 25 2015 Upcoming India Starting May 29 2015 Now Playing Cuba Through July 30 2015 Upcoming Cuba Starting June 26 2015 Now Playing New Zealand Through August 27 2015 Upcoming New Zealand Starting July 31 2015 Now Playing Philippines Through September 24 2015 Upcoming Philippines Starting August 28 2015 Now Playing Argentina Through October 29 2015 Upcoming Argentina Starting September 25 2015 Now Playing South Africa Through November 24 2015 Upcoming South Africa Starting October 30 2015 Now Playing Colombia Through December 31 2015 Upcoming Colombia Starting November 27 2015 Sights and Sounds Japan features new work by Ishu Han Daisuke Nagaoka Genki Isayama and Tadasu Takamine selected by Yukie Kamiya Installation view of Sights and Sounds Global Film and Video in the Goodkind Media Center Photo by David Heald In 2011 Japan was shaken to its core when an immense earthquake and the tsunami caused a nuclear accident in Fukushima We realized that despite having experienced the devastation of nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki some seventy years earlier we had grown increasingly indifferent to the environment and placed too much emphasis on modernization and economic development For the subsequent five years the country has grappled with the huge question of where to go from here Overwhelmed by the crisis at the outset local artists gradually faced the reality of the situation and the challenges it posed They began to reconsider history and embrace social and political subjects The moving image functions as a mirror reflecting their urgent critical pursuits The artists shown here examine history and other grand narratives with a focus on familiar personal events in a human scale Their approach whether documenting a performance or the process of artistic production itself is rooted in their own bodies The works are not defined by a declarative regional framework but are instead abstract and expansive so that anyone can share in the experience triggering the viewer s imagination They are imbued with a transnational perspective that resists closure Yukie Kamiya Curator Yukie Kamiya b Kanagawa Prefecture 1967 is Gallery Director of the Japan Society New York She was previously Chief Curator of the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art Japan 2007 15 and Associate Curator of the New

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