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October 9, 2015 to January 10, 2016


Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York  New York  10017
United States
Japan Society

For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979

In the wake of the social and political upheaval of the late 1960s, Japanese artists and photographers began crafting a new visual language for an age of uncertainty. Their embrace of camera-based experiments would alter the cultural landscape and lay the foundations for contemporary art in Japan. For a New World to Come is the first comprehensive exhibition to spotlight this radical break with the past. With some 200 works by such luminaries as Ishiuchi MiyakoDaidō MoriyamaJirō Takamatsu, and Shōmei Tōmatsu, the exhibition charts the stunning diversity of photographic practices during this pivotal era, from conceptual series situated squarely within global artistic currents, to visually arresting meditations on time, place, and self.

For a New World to Come was organized by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). It is co-presented in New York City with the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, where a portion of the show is on view from Sept. 11 to Dec. 5, 2015.​

Related programs:
Sandra Phillips: How the US Discovered Japanese Photography, December 17*

*Discounted tickets available for Columbia students.

Image credit: Nobuo Yamanaka (1948-1982), Manhattan in Pinhole 1, 1980. Chromogenic print, 8 1/16 x 10 in. National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. © Nobuo Yamanaka.