【Virtual Event】Presentation of “Japanese Artists in New York City: Artistic Traces from the 1910s to the 1940s” by Mai Sato

A Group Photograph taken at a Japanese exhibition in 1927.
Kuniyoshi Yasuo is in the center, Hamachi Kiyomatsu is second from the left in the front row, and Ishigaki Eitaro is on the far left in the back row. Bumpei Usui’s “Factory” is on the far left, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s “Two Women” displayed beside it on the wall.

Yasuo Kuniyoshi, “Odd things on Table,” 1935
The painting depicts a black cloth on a table, an overturned vase, a bunch of grapes on a white cloth, a kissel, and several matches on the far right. 
In 1942, Yasuo Kuniyoshi was commissioned by the Office of War Information (OWI) to produce anti-war posters and give a speech on radio broadcasting to Japan, emphasizing the importance of democracy.

Bumpei Usui, “Factory,” 1925
The work on the far left in the group photo is “Factory.” This work was exhibited under “Machine Shop” at the Salons of America in 1925. Bumpei Usui traveled around the world with his brother, dealing furniture, and when they stopped in New York City, they fell in love with the area and settled there. The painting skillfully depicts many furniture artisans working at different stages of the production process.

We are pleased to invite you to the online event of the presentation of the digital exhibition “Japanese Artists in New York City: Artistic Traces from the 1910s to the 1940s” by guest curator Mai Sato.

This exhibition showcases the works of Japanese artists who were active in New York City from the 1910s to the 1940s. The featured artists, such as Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Bumpei Usui, bring their expressions and experiences to life in New York City. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to experience the blend of traditional Japanese aesthetics with the modern sensibilities of the time. Their works, a testament to their legacy, resonate with audiences today.

In addition to the exhibition, Mai Sato, a Visiting Research Fellow at Ritsumeikan University, will give a special presentation drawing on extensive research to delve into these Japanese artists’ creative contexts and societal engagements.

【Virtual Event】
Presentation of
“Japanese Artists in New York City:
Artistic Traces from the 1910s to the 1940s”
by Mai Sato

Wednesday, March 27th 6 PM – 7 PM (ET)

Please register directly through Zoom at the Zoom Registration Link:

Register Here

This event is organized by the Digital Museum of the History of Japanese in NY, hosted by The Nippon Club, and supported by the J.C.C. Fund.

We hope you do not miss this fantastic opportunity to deepen your understanding of the historical significance of Japanese artists in New York and to celebrate their enduring impact.

Digital Museum of the History of Japanese in New York & The Nippon Club

Contact: gallery@nipponclub.org


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