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Asian Studies Program, Art History Program, and Japanese Studies present

Mirrored-Environments: Yayoi Kusama in Context, 1965–1969

A Lecture by Midori Yamamura

Thursday, April 24, 2014

[Mirrored-Environments: Yayoi Kusama in Context, 1965–1969] Narcissus Garden (1966)
Narcissus Garden (1966)
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is one of Japan's best-known artists. During her 2013 David Zwiner exhibition, enthusiastic viewers lined up for hours to experience her immersive mirror-lined environments. Of the postwar Japanese artists, Kusama has been a popular subject. However, due to her autobiographical narrative of mental illness, which she began dictating in 1975, and her voluntary residence in a mental health facility since 1977, her work has been predominantly interpreted as a symptomatic of her illness.

Instead of relying on her autobiography, this talk will give a fresh look at Kusama through an object-based historiography, examining the initial development of Kusama's mirrored-environments between 1965 and 1969, against the backdrop of her milieu that I carefully reconstruct from new archival research to discuss how she established her anti-conformist art against late capitalist society.

For more information, call 845-758-7158, or e-mail wolf@bard.edu.

Location: Olin, Room 102