Friday, February 17, 2012
Japanese Culture and Contemporary Art
Exhibition Dates: Now - Sunday, February 26, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Free
Day of Japanese American Remembrance
A special ceremony for Day of Japanese American Remembrance hosted by the Japanese American Citizens League of the Monterey Peninsula will be held at The Independent in conjunction with Transcendental Vision and Heroes All: Our Nisei Veterans. Among the speakers will be Larry Oda, past National President of the Japanese American Citizen League, and Tom Graves.
Friday, February 24, 5:00 – 8:00 pm Free
Sake and Food Tasting Event
Monterey’s Downtown Dining sponsors a special Sake Tasting/Food Tasting event for the exhibition Transcendental Vision, Japanese Culture and Contemporary Art and Heroes All: Our Nisei Veterans.
The exhibitions run from Friday, January 27 through Sunday, February 26.
Hours are 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday and by calling 831.747.1088 or 202.253.4057
601 Ortiz, Sand City, CA 93955
--on the Monterey Peninsula
How has Japanese culture in its myriad forms inﬂuenced Western thinking and speciﬁcally, contemporary art? Transcendental Vision, Japanese Culture and Contemporary Art addresses this question through the work of twelve contemporary artists, each of whom is inﬂuenced by the Japanese sensibility.
“Although there are obvious visual differences in their work, the artists in this exhibition have transcended the ancient East-West divide to express a vision of spirituality and the sacredness of everyday things.“ states Gail Enns, curator of the month-long show.
Enns’ own personal background with contemporary art and Japanese culture stems from having curated exhibitions at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence and the Japanese Cultural Center in Washington, DC, and at the Nippon Gallery.
This month-long installation features works by Tom Nakashima, Rob Barnard, Jerry Takigawa, Sandy Yagyu, Mark Tanous, Masako Takahashi, Laurel Farrin, Lisa Solomon, Grace Munakata, Sharron Antholt, Tamiko Kawata and Mary Annella Frank. The expressions of art range include ceramics, photographs, sculpture, paintings and installations.
Heroes All: Our Nisei Veterans, by photojournalist Tom Graves, will be presented in tandem with Transcendental Vision. The show honors Japanese Americans who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II. Graves’ black and white photographs capture images of these veterans 70 years after America's entry into WWII.
The exhibitions are sponsored by Sand City, the Sand City Arts Committee, the Orosco Group, the Japanese American Citizens League, and produced by Celadon Inc., a 501(c) (3) organization that works to develop partnerships between business, art groups, and society at large.
Phone: Gail Enns, 202-253-4507
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