November 3, 2015 

The CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee will convene a Public Forum:  Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 2965/2020 with a keynote address by photographer and designer Hiroshi Sugimoto.  The Forum will take place Friday, November 20, 2015, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20560.  A reception will follow from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

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Since the Games of the XVIII Olympiad in Tokyo in 1964, Japanese art and architecture have attracted wide international audiences.  This forum will examine the rise in popularity of these art forms and will explore the directions that Japanese art is taking as the country prepares for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee was established at the 2010 CULCON plenary session to examine obstacles to artistic exchange between Japan and the United States and explore new areas of cooperation among artists.

1:30-1:40 p.m. – Welcome
Dr. Julian Raby, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution

1:40-2:10 p.m. – Introductory Remarks
Dr. Anne Nishimura Morse, Co-chair, CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1:50-2:10 p.m. – Introduction of ADC Activities

2:10-2:15 p.m.- Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Dr. Anne Nishimura Morse

2:15-2:55 p.m.- Keynote Address:
Mr. Hiroshi Sugimoto, “What is Enoura Observatory?”

2:55-3:10 p.m. – Break

3:10-3:15 p.m. – Introduction of Panelists
Dr. Gennifer Weisenfeld, Duke University

3:15-4:10 p.m. – Panel Discussion
Dr. Yukie Kamiya, Director, Japan Society Gallery, “Action and Reaction: Contemporary Art in Japan and the International reception since 1964.”

Dr. Ken Tadashi Oshima,University of Washington, and President-elect, Society of Architectural Historians, “Architectural Dialogues between Japan and the United States.”

4:10-4:30 p.m. – Concluding Remarks
Commissioner Masanori Aoyagi, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan

4:25-4:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks
Dr. Anne Nishimura Morse


Arts Dialogue Committee Members:

Mr. Masanori AOYAGI (co-chair), Commissioner, Agency for Cultural Affairs

Dr. Anne Nishimura MORSE (co-chair), William and Helen Pounds Senior Curator of Japanese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dr. Felice FISCHER, Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese and East Asian Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Mr.  Masanobu ITO, Program Director of Visual Arts, Arts & Culture Department, Japan Foundation

Mr. Yuji KURIHARA, Secretary-General, National Institutes for Cultural Heritage; Director of Administration, Tokyo National Museum

Dr. Marco LEONA, David H. Koch Scientist in Charge, Department of Scientific Research, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ms. Melissa RINNE, International Officer (Fellow), Exhibitions and Public Relations Department, Kyoto National Museum

Dr. Hiroyuki SHIMATANI, Executive Vice Director, Kyushu National Museum

Dr. Yukiko SHIRAHARA, Chief Curator, Nezu Museum

Dr. Gennifer WEISENFELD, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University

Dr. Matthew WELCH, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Japanese and Korean Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art