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(Rajikaru!) Experimentations in Japanese Art, 1950–1975 (performances, screenings, and conference)

Dates: Friday–Sunday, April 27–29, 2007
Locations: The Getty Center on Friday and Saturday, UCLA on Sunday
Admission: Free; see below for details on individual events.

Explore critical vanguard art practices in Japan from 1950 to 1975 with this weekend of free events, including a half-day festival, an evening of performances, and a daylong conference, presented by the Getty Research Institute together with PoNJA-GenKon (Post-1945 Japanese Art Discussion Group/Gendai Bijutsu Kondankai) on the occasion of the Research Institute's exhibition Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentations in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950–1970. Other events related to the exhibition include Radical Communication: Japanese Video Art 1968–1988, a screening series co-organized with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. See all events related to this exhibition.

Yoko Ono's Wish Tree (1996/2007) will be on display at the Research Institute plaza entrance throughout the weekend. You are invited to make a wish.

Friday, April 27, 2007: Film and Performances

Saturday, April 28: Conference

Sunday, April 29: Graduate Workshop

Boxing Painting / Shinohara

Friday, April 27
Film and Performances

2:00 p.m. Film Screening
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Free; no reservations required.

Dada '62, Takahiko Iimura, 1962 (16mm transferred to DVD, 10 min.)
Hi Red Center's Shelter Plan, Jōnouchi Motoharu, 1964 (16mm, 21 min.)
Inaba no shirousagi/White Hare of Inaba, Katō Yoshihiro, 1970 (16mm, 132 min.)
Excerpts from Baramon, Zero Dimension, 1970 (16mm film transferred to DVD, 20 min.)

5:00–5:30 p.m. Outdoor Performance
Getty Center, Central Garden
Free; no reservations required.

Ushio Shinohara performs Boxing Painting (1961/2007) live in the Central Garden.

7:30 p.m. An Evening of Works by Ichiyanagi, Kosugi, Ono, and Shiomi
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

This program includes performances of Yoko Ono's ONOCHORD; Ichiyanagi Toshi's Appearance, Music for Electric Metronome, Duet for Piano and String Instrument, and Sapporo; Shiomi Mieko's Wind Music for Harp; and a special solo appearance by Kosugi Takehisa performing his own works.

Organic Music / Takehisa

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Saturday, April 28

9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Conference
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

This daylong scholarly conference celebrates the innovative and radical experimentations by artists in postwar Japan.

9:30–9:50 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Glenn Phillips, Senior Project Specialist and Consulting Curator, Getty Research Institute, and Reiko Tomii, Independent Scholar and Curator, New York City

9:50–10:50 a.m. Intermedia and Border Crossings (Part I)

APN (Asahi Picture News): Learning from The New Vision—Miwako Tezuka, Assistant Curator, Asia Society Museum

Imaginaries of the Modern: Photography in the Postwar Era—Charles Merewether, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Cross Cultural Research, Australian National University, Australia

From Space to Environment: The Origins and Development of Kankyō—Midori Yoshimoto, Assistant Professor of Art History and Gallery Director, New Jersey City University

10:50–11:10 a.m. Break

11:10 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Intermedia and Border Crossings (Part II)

Idol to Globalization: Okamoto Tarō's Tower of the Sun, 1970—Bert Winther-Tamaki, Associate Professor, Department of Art History and the Visual Studies Ph.D. program, University of California, Irvine

Discussion with Morning Panelists—Moderator: Alicia Volk, Assistant Professor of Japanese Art History, University of Maryland, College Park

12:15–1:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30–2:30 p.m. Dialogue with an Artist

Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Artist, Tokyo
Interviewer: Miwon Kwon, Associate Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
Translators: Midori Yoshimoto and Mika Yoshitake

2:30–3:00 p.m. Comparative Dialogues in a Global Context

Connections and Resonance in 1960s Art: An Introduction to Comparative Dialogues in a Global Context—Reiko Tomii, Independent Scholar and Cofounder of PoNJA-GenKon

3:00–3:45 p.m. Connections: Gutai and Kaprow

Cartographies of Gutai—Ming Tiampo, Assistant Professor of Art History, Carleton University, Canada

Throwaway Architectures and Concrete Practices—Judith Rodenbeck, Noble Foundation Chair in Art and Cultural History, Sarah Lawrence College

Saury Fish Ball Hot Pot / Ozawa

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Sunday, April 29
Graduate Workshop

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Graduate Workshop
UCLA, Hammer Museum, Gallery 6

Registration is required for the workshop. Please e-mail your name and affiliation to

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