GA TALK 017 “Research Analysis, Interpretation: How Can Art Have Dialogue with History? ” by Yukie Kamiya (Director of Gallery, Japan Society, New York)

Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s, 2019, installation view at Japan Society, New York

GLOBAL ART TALK 017 “Research Analysis, Interpretation: How Can Art Have Dialogue with History?”
Yukie Kamiya (Director of Gallery, Japan Society, New York)

We are separated not only by geographical distance but also temporal distance. It has been an important issue with curating to me how does artistic practice explore the distance between the past and the present. Today, it is much easier to access archives and review past recordings such as photographs and videos. There have been various attempts in art to explore history and reconsider the past based on research. Along with that, there is constant translation, interpretation, as well as misunderstanding and imagination generated from the process. With the eyes of today, how do we approach the hidden connections between occurrences of the past as well as the socio-political influence that are revealed through research? How do we examine and represent them? In this talk I will introduce examples of recent projects including exhibitions organized in New York and temporary events such as an international biennial. (Yukie Kamiya)

About the Talk

Time/Date:19:00-20:30 2019.7.22 Mon
Venue:Ningenkan room NA102, Kyoto University of Art and Design
Admission:Free (Booking required)
Seating Capacity:100
*Talk is in Japanese only

Organized by: Kyoto University of Art and Design, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies / Higashiyama Artists Placement Service(HAPS)

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About the Speaker

Yukie Kamiya is Director of Gallery, Japan Society, New York since 2015. Formerly, Kamiya was Chief Curator of Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and served Associate Curator of New Museum, New York. She has curated monographic exhibitions internationally and co-curated ProRegress, the 12th Shanghai Biennial (2018-19), Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflection of Imagination of Asia (toured to Seoul, Hiroshima, Taipei and Beijing, 2015-2018) and Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s (Museum of Art, Seoul National University, 2013) and others. In 2011, Kamiya received the Academic Prize from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo for her achievement of Simon Starling: Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima).Her writings have appeared in publications including Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise (Skira/Rizzoli, 2017), California-Pacific Triennial (Orange County Museum, 2013) and Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, 2010).


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Connecting Kyoto and the World through Contemporary Art

The environment surrounding contemporary art has become vastly more complex over the past few decades. Faced with this situation, it is no easy task for artists to find a way to be active at a global level. Naturally, it is virtually impossible to get a firm grasp on the art scenes that are being produced concurrently all over the world. In particular, in neighboring Asian countries that are seeing rapid economic growth and modernization, there are more opportunities than ever before to show one’s work, taking into account the new art museums and art fairs that are being established, and the flourishing numbers of international exhibitions. Although global attention focused on this region has increased, the situation is quite different in Japan, where there is a general sense that the work of developing art-related institutions has been finished. However, it is precisely this state of affairs that has led to a renewed questioning of how global networks are constructed, a reconsideration of how institutionalization works, and the role of artists in society.
In Kyoto, art schools produce a large number of new artists each year. But what kinds of connections might one discover today between this center of traditional Japanese culture and the world of contemporary art that has grown ever more complex in this way? “Global Art Talk,” presented by HAPS and Kyoto University of Art and Design, is a program where internationally active artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists, among others, are invited, and, through a series of dialogues, strives to provide a global perspective as well as deepen understanding. (Until last year it ran under the title of “ULTRA x HAPS.”)

The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Resident Curator Program of the Higashiyama Artist Placement Service (HAPS), which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.

The Kyoto University of Art and Design is dedicated to establishing an institution that will foster artists from Kyoto who aim to work in the contemporary art world at a global level.


12th Shanghai Biennial, 2018, installation view
Courtesy of Power Station of Art, Shanghai

Simon Starling: At Twilight, 2016, installation view at Japan Society, New York
Photo: Richard Goodbody

Hiroshi Sugimoto; Gates of Paradise, 2017, installation view at Japan Society, New York
Photo: Richard Goodbody