Collaborative Cataloging Japan has announced the opening of an exhibition, titled Community of Images, dedicated to Japanese artists who worked with moving images in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. This project is being conducted in partnership with the Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia, with the intent of commemorating the cultural contributions of these pioneering artists and exploring their connections with the United States.

The 1960s and 1970s were a period of social and political upheaval, which is reflected in works created by such artists as Mako Idemitsu, Kenji Kanesaka, Takahiko Iimura, Fujiko Nakaya, and Yayoi Kusama. Their forays into moving images attempt to deconstruct inherited conceptions of artistic production as a reaction to events which were unfolding during this period.

The exhibition will feature screenings of films made by these artists and will also be accompanied by a publication. The book will delve into the experiences that these artists gained on their journeys to and through the US, how they understood their transnational identities, the collaborations that they established with their US colleagues, as well as the lasting impact that their experimental work left on the cultural milieu of Japan and the US.

The exhibition is curated by Go Hirasawa, Julian Ross and Ann Adachi-Tasch – members of Collaborative Cataloging Japan. It is being generously supported by a grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. For more information on this exhibition, please check here and here.

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