[Session 5] Medieval Japan: Sunday, December 3, 9 AM - 4 PM
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #5
The Golden Age of Arts in the Muromachi Era
Cultural Life in Medieval Japan—Explore and examine the evolution of new interior settings of medieval Japan; interactions and developments in the arts as east and west meet; participate and practice the etiquette and details of an original expression of Zen in the “high art” of an authentic Japanese tea ceremony. Instructors: Matthew McKelway and Urasenke Chanoyu Center.
Recommended Shows (17)
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise (Second Rotation only)
Friday: 12pm-9pm (Free 6pm-9pm)
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Next event11/25/2017 11:00 AM
A Golden Evening
[Young Professionals] November 29, 7:30 PM
Join us for an elegant after-hours young professionals event celebrating our current exhibition, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise. This Golden Evening draws inspiration from Japan’s encounter with European opulence.
Next event11/29/2017 7:30 PM
The Southern Barbarians Arrive: Navigating the Nanban Screens
[Gallery Lecture] December 1, 6 PM
Screen paintings depicting Europeans in Japan (nanban byōbu) have long been admired for their vivid portrayals of the brief encounter between Japan and Europe in the Age of Exploration. Explore these images from Japan’s “Christian Century” with Prof. Matthew McKelway (Columbia University), who will address questions of artistic competition and collaboration, and the thematic adjustments that underlie what these works of art say about their time and audience.
Next event12/1/2017 6:00 PM
[Monthly Classics] December 1, 7 PM
This erotic and darkly comic melodrama by Yasuzo Masumura stars a stunning Ayako Wakao as a beguiling woman at the center of a tangled bisexual love quadrangle between a bored housewife, her husband and an equally deceptive former fiancé. Adapted from the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki.
Next event12/1/2017 7:00 PM
[Session 4] Medieval Japan: Saturday, December 2, 9 AM - 4 PM
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #4
Civil Wars to Unification
From Civil Wars... to Unification—Explore how the denial of traditional authority within Japanese society sets off a series of internal conflicts/civil wars; examine specific roles of key historical figures Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Ieyasu Tokugawa through the use of kinesthetic movement and reenactment scenarios that later cultivated subservient attitudes useful in the feudal system; and the impact on Japan as it engaged with European Renaissance ideas. Instructor: Thomas Conlan, Princeton University.
Next event12/2/2017 9:00 AM
Women Are Born Twice (aka A Geisha's Diary)
[Film] December 2, 2:15 PM
December 3, 4:30 PM
The first of Yuzo Kawashima's Daiei Studio collaborations with Ayako Wakao centers the life of a Tokyo geisha who gradually becomes more self-aware through her experiences with various men.
Next event12/2/2017 2:15 PM
[Film] December 2, 4:30 PM
December 3, 6:45 PM
This brilliant satirical comedy about self-interest and postwar recovery penned by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba) centers on the cutthroat Maeda family, who manage to lie, cheat and steal their way out of poverty, outsmarted only by a cunning accountant played by Ayako Wakao.
Next event12/2/2017 4:30 PM
Connoisseurship: Maps of Early Modern Japan
[Seminar] December 2, 5 PM
The late 16th and early 17th centuries coincide with a burgeoning awareness of and interest in the expanse of the globe. It was a time when cartography flourished as a form of both scientific knowledge and artistic expression across the world. Hosted in conjunction with our friends from Arader Gallery, this seminar with Prof. D. Max Moerman (Department Chair, Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College) compares early European maps of Japan with Japanese cartography of the same period. Hands-on viewing of rare example will cast light on culturally contingent ways of viewing and recording the world at the historically significant juncture highlighted in the exhibition Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise.
Next event12/2/2017 5:00 PM
The Temple of Wild Geese 雁の寺 (Gan no Tera)
[Film] December 2, 6:45 PM
December 3, 2:15 PM
Living in a Buddhist temple famous for its paintings of wild geese, a young, troubled disciple is cruelly bossed around by the lascivious chief priest, who indulges his sexual desires for a hired mistress.
Next event12/2/2017 6:45 PM
Gift Wrapping with Tenugui, the Essential Japanese Cloth
[Workshop] December 5, 6:30 PM
Just in time for the holiday season, join us to learn traditional tenugui gift wrapping with Ruri Kippenbrock, founder of tenugui retailer Wuhao New York. Derived from the words te, or "hand," and nugui, meaning "wipe," these charming cotton cloths are more than mere hand towels. Sturdy, beautiful, versatile and reusable, tenugui lend themselves to decorative as well as practical purposes. In this workshop, learn tenugui wrapping techniques for a variety of shapes, including boxes, bottles and round objects.
Next event12/5/2017 6:30 PM
[Theater] December 7, 7:30 PM
December 8, 7:30 PM
December 9, 7:30 PM
Based on a 14th-century noh play with the same title, Hanjo, by provocative Japanese author Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), is a timeless tale of love, loneliness and betrayal. New York’s beloved SITI Company unveils Mishima’s story as a bilingual triptych in which the actors rotate through each character role. The production weaves noh theater’s elegance, expressiveness and economy, together with techniques of contemporary theater, to shed light on identity, gender, language, and ultimately the art of acting. Performed in English and Japanese.
Next event12/7/2017 7:30 PM
Architecture of Time: Enoura Observatory, Where Consciousness and Memory Originate
[Gallery Lecture] December 15, 6 PM
Join exhibition artist Hiroshi Sugimoto for this introduction to Enoura Observatory, the headquarters of his Odawara Art Foundation, which received Japan Society grants 2011 and 2014 and opened to the public this October. Over the past decade, Enoura Observatory has become a major focus of Sugimoto’s practice. The campus includes capacious gallery and astronomical observation spaces, a tearoom, and an outdoor Roman-inspired stone amphitheater with a glass stage. Sugimoto will also discuss his other recent architectural projects and their connection to his photographic practice and exhibitions, including Gates of Paradise.
Next event12/15/2017 6:00 PM
Mugen Noh Othello
[Theater] January 11, 7:30 PM
January 12, 7:30 PM
January 13, 7:30 PM
January 14, 4 PM
Following a sold-out run of Medea in 2011, Satoshi Miyagi and his company SPAC return to New York with another literary masterpiece, Othello. Miyagi re-tells Shakespeare’s famed tragedy through noh theater’s most distinct storytelling structure, mugen noh, or a play that features a spirit. Told from the perspective of Othello’s wife Desdemona, who returns as a ghost after her death, Miyagi’s production is replete with stunning masks and costumes as well as powerful live music and chanting. Performed in Japanese with English titles.
Next event1/11/2018 7:30 PM
Theater Technique Workshop with SPAC
[Workshop] January 13, 1:30-3:30 PM
SPAC training, which incorporates the methodologies of Satoshi Miyagi and Tadashi Suzuki, includes intensive practice in vocalization, physicality and rhythm. During this workshop led by SPAC company members, participants will learn body exercises required for SPAC’s unique voice production. Professional movement/acting experience required. Participants must wear socks and exercise wear. Max 20 participants.
Next event1/13/2018 1:30 PM
Ema Painting: The Year of the Dog
[Workshop] January 18, 6:30 PM
2018 is the Year of the Dog — get your New Year started out on the right “paw” at this ema making workshop. Ema, or votive wooden plaques, are offered at shrines in Japan to express one’s prayers or gratitude. Originally depicting horses, which were seen as the sacred mounts of the gods, the subjects expanded over time to include a wide variety of pictures and designs. Join us to paint your own ema with this year’s zodiac animal and inscribe your wishes for 2018 with Japanese calligraphy artist Seiren Aoi.
Next event1/18/2018 6:30 PM
Walking in a Sake Wonderland: A Year at a Japanese Brewery
[Lecture] February 7, 6:30 PM
Timothy Sullivan, one of the first certified Sake Samurai and the founder of UrbanSake.com, spent twelve months immersed with the sake making team at Hakkaisan Brewery, in the snow country of Niigata, Japan. During his stay, each season held a new wonder: walking over hot coals during the community’s hiwatari festival in fall, discovering the process of snow-aging sake in a yukimuro in winter, cherry blossom viewing in spring, and foraging for mountain vegetables in the summer. At this talk, Sullivan takes us on a journey through four seasons of the sake, food, and cultural wonders of a brewery town in Japan’s countryside and the lessons he brings back for his life in New York City.
Next event2/7/2018 6:30 PM
Directing Godzilla: The Life of Filmmaker Ishiro Honda
[Lecture] February 21, 6:30 PM
Godzilla, Mothra, The Mysterians — Japan’s most celebrated monster movies and sci-fi classics were brought to the screen by filmmaker Ishiro Honda. A long-overlooked talent, Honda is now considered one of the most influential directors of Japanese cinematic history, wowing audiences with fantastical special effects while expressing the anxieties of Japan’s postwar reality. At this talk, Steve Ryfle, noted scholar of Japanese science fiction cinema and author of Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa, draws back the curtain on the man behind the monsters.
Next event2/21/2018 6:30 PM