Miwako Tezuka, Director of the Gallery, Japan Society 

The fall exhibition at Japan Society focuses on an artist Mariko Mori (Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori from October 11, 2013–January 12, 2014). While Mori was known as an icon of pop-inspired art of 1990s Japan, she has since undergone a significant stylistic and conceptual transformation through her encounter with traditional Japanese culture, going as far back as the prehistoric Jōmon period. The occasion calls for rethinking how and why Jōmon has been an important source of creative inspiration for a number of Japanese artists in the postwar (post-1945) period. This talk will explore such transhistorical influences in the cases of Shikō Munakata, Tarō Okamoto, and Mariko Mori, and will examine similarities and differences in their artistic approaches to the past.

Image: Kaen-doki flame-ware vase, Middle Jōmon period (3,500 BCE–2,500 BCE), earthenware, 11 5/8 inches high, 11 5/8 inches diameter.  Collection of Dr. John C. Weber. 

About the Instructor

Speaker: Miwako Tezuka
Speaker Bio: Appointed in July 2012, Dr. Miwako Tezuka is the first Japanese director of Japan Society Gallery in the Society’s over 100-year-long history. She is an internationally recognized curator and expert in modern and contemporary Japanese art. Tezuka received her PhD from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in 2005 with the dissertation titled Jikken Kōbō (Experimental Workshop): Avant-Garde Experiments in Japanese Art of the 1950s.