Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Mills Art Lecture Series: Yasufumi Nakamori
February 3rd, 2016
FOR A NEW WORLD TO COME: EXPERIMENTS IN
JAPANESE ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY, 1968–1979
Danforth Lecture Hall, 7:00 p.m.
In this lecture Nakamori will shed light on the development of photo conceptualism found in Japan in the 1970s. Nakamori argues that, after the 1960s, when the force of avant-garde art and the tension in politics peaked, many artists devoted themselves to experiments with the camera, individually searching for new and vital directions in their practice, exploring such emerging notions as conceptualism, post-minimalism, and international contemporaneity. He will make a case for the emergence of a shared field of practice between art and photography, and for the critical role that photography played in the emergence and development of contemporary art in the 1970s Japan. Nakamori is an associate curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where he focuses on art and photography made after 1945. He also teaches the history of modern and contemporary Japanese art and architecture at Rice University. He has authored a dozen scholarly essays, and the book titled Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture. Sponsored by Corenah Wright Lecture Series/Art Dept.