• Friday, Mar 25, 2011

    Photo Exhibition by Shinichi Maruyama in Zankel Hall Until End of Season as Part of JapanNYC


    Exhibition Open to Zankel Hall Ticket Holders from March 23 through End of Season

    Many More Festival Exhibitions on View Now Throughout New York City

    The JapanNYC Festival Is Dedicated to the Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

    As part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide JapanNYC festival, a special exhibition of photographs by Shinichi Maruyama will be on display beginning March 23 through the end of the 2010–2011 season in the lobby of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Examining themes and concepts that concern his native culture, the artist will display two of his well-known series, Kusho (2006) and Water Sculptures (2010). Maruyama’s Kusho series, translated as "writing in the sky", is comprised of graphic, abstract images of sumi calligraphy ink and water captured as the liquids collide and combine in mid-air. The series is a personal expression of the artist’s experience learning to write in calligraphy and is a dynamic and expressive form of action painting in mid-air. Maruyama’s Water Sculpture series depicts images of falling water forms and their resulting shadows and reflections upon the ground. Maruyama creates an abstract visual language that conveys emotion and thought through gesture. Below are select images from the exhibition (Copyright Shinichi Maruyama, Courtesy Bruce Silverstein Gallery.)

    About the Artist
    Shinichi Maruyama was born in 1968 in Nagano, Japan and studied at Chiba University. From 1992–1998, Maruyama worked as member of Hakuhodo Photo Creative as well as a freelance photographer. While in Japan, he traveled frequently to Tibet to complete two photography books about the Spiti Valley region, The Spiti Valley, and Spiti. In 2003 Maruyama moved to New York City and began work on what would become his Kusho series. This series has received critical attention worldwide and resulted in a solo exhibition at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in 2009. The artist is currently exhibiting his most recent series, Gardens at Bruce Silverstein Gallery. The Peabody Essex Museum will display the artist's work this coming May 2011. Shinichi Maruyama is represented exclusively by Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.

    More About JapanNYC
    This spring, from Monday, March 14 to Saturday, April 9, Carnegie Hall presents part two of JapanNYC, a two-part citywide festival inviting audiences to explore the incredible diversity of Japanese arts and culture with more than 65 performances and events (over 40 this spring) at Carnegie Hall and New York City partner venues.

    The JapanNYC festival explores the world of Japan today, where artists embrace their country’s unique aesthetic sensibilities while continually revitalizing its cultural landscape. Led by famed conductor Seiji Ozawa as Artistic Director, JapanNYC celebrates a country that values its long-standing cultural heritage while also embracing and transforming Western art forms, in a spirit that very much looks ahead.

    In light of recent tragic events in Japan, the JapanNYC festival is dedicated to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Through its festival website, carnegiehall.org/japannyc, Carnegie Hall is encouraging people to give to relief efforts and has posted a list of charitable organizations.


    On Becoming an Artist: Isamu Noguchi and His Contemporaries, 1922–1960
    November 17, 2010–April 24, 2011; The Noguchi Museum
    Marking the 25th anniversary of The Noguchi Museum, this exhibition documents and illustrates Noguchi’s artistic relationships with a diverse group of creative individuals, including John Cage, Frida Kahlo, Martha Graham, Louis Kahn, and many others. Related “Second Sundays” programs at the museum occurred on March 13 at 3:00 p.m. (a talk led by James Oles, author of South of the Border) and will take place on April 10 at 3:00 p.m. (INtersections, an artist-led tour of the museum with Cary Leibowitz). Presented by The Noguchi Museum.

    Graceful Perseverance
    February 2–May 1; Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    Brooklyn Botanic Garden presents an exhibition of bonsai selected from its C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum, one of the finest and largest collections in the world. The plants on view represent trees that have adapted to extremely rugged mountainous conditions, their uncommon, poetic forms taking shape over hundreds of years of survival in inhospitable environments. Special interpretation will guide visitors through the practice of bonsai training, which has been among Japan’s most revered art forms for thousands of years. Presented by Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

    Bye-Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art
    March 18–June 12, 2011; Japan Society
    Curated by David Elliott, former director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, this groundbreaking exhibition features 16 artists who reject the outworn narratives of cuteness and infantilism fashionable in Western presentations of Japanese contemporary art. Melding traditional themes with radical perceptions of the present, they create uncompromising—sometimes unsettling—works that challenge the social and political conditions of their times. Presented by Japan Society.

    Asian Contemporary Art Week
    March 21–31; various locations
    Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) connects leading New York galleries and museums in a citywide event of public programs, exhibitions, receptions, lectures, artist conversations, performances, and more. In 2011, the week includes a number of exhibitions and lectures of Japanese art. Presented by Asian Contemporary Art Consortium in association with Asia Society.

    Macy’s Flower Show: Towers of Flowers
    March 27-April 10; Macy’s Herald Square
    Step into Towers of Flowers and discover a magical world of floral architecture, magnificent landscapes, and specialty gardens. Take a guided tour where you can learn all about the special Japanese Garden. And don’t miss Macy’s Bouquet of the Day—a series of new masterpieces from America’s top florists, including Kenji Takenaka. The show is unveiled on March 27 at 11:00 a.m. with a special performance by the “Thunder Drummers” of the New York Suwa Taiko Association. Presented by Macy’s.

    Brush: Recent Calligraphy by Masako Inkyo
    April 1–June 19; Japan Society
    Masako Inkyo, Japan Society’s calligraphy instructor and official shodo artist for the Nissan Infiniti, presents a show of recent work in contemporary and traditional styles which juxtaposes exquisite passages from classic literature and Buddhist texts with boldly brushed semi-abstract compositions. Presented by Japan Society.


    JapanNYC Lead Sponsors are Epson Corporation; Mizuho Securities USA Inc.; Nomura Holding America Inc. and Nomura America Foundation; Kotaro ONO, The Chairman of The ONO Group; ROHM Co., Ltd. and Rohm Music Foundation; Sony Corporation; and Yoko Nagae Ceschina.

    Supporting Sponsors are Deloitte LLP; Mitsubishi International Corporation; Suntory Holdings Limited and Suntory Hall; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Toshiba Corporation; and Toyota.

    With additional funding from Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC; Asian Cultural Council; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; GWFF USA Inc.; ITOCHU International Inc.; J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York; Kawasaki Good Times Foundation; The NY Mets Foundation; Nihon Unisys, Ltd.; Nippon Express Foundation, Inc.; Nippon Life Insurance Company; Hiroko Onoyama and Ken Sugawara; Seiko Instruments Inc.; Subaru of America, Inc.; and Sumitomo Corporation of America Foundation.

    With special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan; Japan Tourism Agency; Japan National Tourism Organization; the Japan Foundation; and the Consulate-General of Japan in New York.

    The West Coast edition of the festival—JapanOC—is presented with the support of South Coast Plaza.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Continental Airlines is the Official Airline of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
    Admission to the Zankel Hall photography exhibit is free with a ticket to any Zankel Hall event. Tickets for events taking place at Carnegie Hall are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For tickets to JapanNYC partner events, please contact the specific venue.

    A JapanNYC Festival Passport, priced at $10, saves 15% or more on all events at Carnegie Hall and many partner events during JapanNYC. The Passport is available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, through CarnegieCharge, or at carnegiehall.org. Some restrictions apply.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.


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