The Kazuki Fukuda-Abe Endowed Lecture Series in Contemporary Japanese Arts is an endowed annual lecture supported by an endowment from Kimiko Fukuda in honor of her late son Kazuki Fukuda, an SJSU art history major.
Additional support provided by Dean Vollendorf of the College of Humanities & the Arts, and the Departments of Art and Art History, Humanities, and World Languages and Literatures. The debut lecture was held in March 2014.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
San Jose State University, Department of Art and Art History
The SJSU Kazuki Fukuda-Abe Endowed Lecture Series in Contemporary Japanese Arts brings you Dr. Karen M. Fraser. She will present “What is ‘Japanese’ Photography?,” an exploration of a distinctively “Japanese” approach to photography at three key moments in Japanese photographic history, represented via the work of 19th century commercial photographers Kusakabe Kimbei and Ogawa Kazumasa, the early 20th century Pictorialist Fukuhara Shinzō, and postwar artist Tōmatsu Shōmei.
Karen M. Fraser is Assistant Professor of Asian art in the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University.
The lecture was held on Thursday, March 6 from 5:00 to 6:00pm at the Student Union Theater.
Dr. Mika Yoshitake considers the origins and contemporary impact of Mono-ha, a Japanese artistic movement centered in Tokyo that emerges in the context of a self-critical turn against modern rationalism in avant-garde art circles of the late 1960s. Representing a tendency to present transient arrangements of natural and industrial materials, one of Mono-ha’s central formative principles presents all elements (subject, material, and site) as inseparable and nonhierarchical. This principle is examined through the writings of the group’s key ideologue, Lee Ufan. Lee’s discovery of Sekine Nobuo in a landmark essay, “Beyond Being and Nothingness” (1971) offers insights into three conditional modes of experience: gesture, corporeality, and topos. Following a close examination of Lee’s theories that integrate Eastern and Western ontology, this lecture examines how these perceptual attitudes contribute to a wider resurgent interest in recent artistic practices to question contingencies of the object.
The lecture was held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6 pm.