Tomatsu Shomei. Untitled, from the series Protest, Tokyo (Purotesuto Tōkyō). 1969. Gelatin silver print. 16 1/8 x 23 1/8″ (40.9 x 58.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the photographer. © 2012 Tomatsu Shomei

Art in Tokyo, 1950s and 1960s: Conversations and Films

Friday, January 11, 2013, 12:30–5:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde
Doryun Chong, with essays by Michio Hayashi, Miryam Sas, and Mika Yoshitake

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This half-day symposium explores the art scene and artistic production in Tokyo in the 1950s and 1960s through a series of film screenings and discussions with directors, curators, critics, and artists. The films, including ANPO: Art X War (Linda Hoaglund, 2010), Some Young People (Nagano Chiaki, 1964), and Japan: The New Art (Michael and Christian Blackwood, 1970), are followed by the roundtable discussion, “What Was So Avant-Garde about Tokyo from 1955 to 1970?”

In conjunction with the exhibition Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde

Tickets ($12, $8 members and corporate members, $5 students, seniors and staff of other museums) can be purchased online or at the information desk in the main lobby, the film desk or in the Education and Research Building lobby on the day of the program.