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From Wray to Weiwei, a worldly week for the would-be wise

by Alexandra_Munroe on July 13, 2018

from: ASPEN DAILY NEWS: From Wray to Weiwei, a worldly week for the would-be wise
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Although it may be unprovable, it’s probably fair to claim that Aspen is the smarty-pants capital of the world for a few days each June when our intellectual betters descend on the West End of town for the Aspen Ideas Festival. As everyone knows, that vaunted event draws some of the heaviest heavyweights on the global stage for discussions and lectures about the most pressing issues of the day. It’s a pretty big deal.

Here’s the thing, though: That claim to being the Mensa Mecca, which we can safely boast during Ideas Fest, doesn’t really wane all that much the rest of the year. Take this coming Wednesday, July 18; as usual, the Aspen Institute is offering up a whopper at 5:15 p.m., with current FBI Director Christopher Wray in conversation with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt as part of the McCloskey Speaker Series.

That’s big, but amazingly enough, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center can top it in star power, as world-famous Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei comes to Snowmass Village for a Featured Artists in Conversation chat with Asian art expert and senior Guggenheim curator Alexandra Munroe at 12:30 p.m.

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PoNJA-GenKon in Partnership with CTCA Launches the “Online Bibliography of Post-1945 Japanese Art” Project

by Alexandra_Munroe on March 15, 2018

Press Release

PoNJA-GenKon in Partnership with CTCA Launches the “Online Bibliography of Post-1945 Japanese Art” Project

——March 15, 2018

PoNJA-GenKon is pleased to announce the launch of a project to create an “Online Bibliography of Post-1945 Japanese Art” to mark its 15th anniversary, in partnership with CTCA (The Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis) at Carleton University, Ottawa.

The online bibliography created by PoNJA-GenKon and hosted by CTCA will consist of searchable bibliographic items on post-1945 Japanese art history, primarily in English and possibly other Western languages. It will also include one or more PDF files listing select entries that will serve as a study guide, a research reference, and other such introductory and advanced citation tools. The expected completion date is 2019.

The project is funded by Alexandra Munroe through a donation of her 2017 Japan Foundation Award prize money.

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Japanorama: Five Decades of Japanese Art from Metabolism to the Post-Human

by Alexandra_Munroe on February 20, 2018

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At the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the past year has seen the most extensive survey of contemporary Japanese art outside of the country in 17 years


‘Japanorama – A New Vision on Art since 1970’ marks the final exhibition in Centre Pompidou-Metz’s year-long Japanese season (September 2017 – May 2018). Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, it’s the most extensive survey exhibition of contemporary Japanese art outside of Japan since Alexandra Munroe’s ‘Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky’ – which toured to The Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, The Guggenheim, New York, and San Francisco MoMA in 1994 – and Jonathan Watkins’ ‘Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art’ at the Hayward Gallery in London in 2001. This exhibition, however, consciously follows on from Centre Pompidou’s own 1986 show ‘The Avant-Garde Arts of Japan 1910-70’, which examined Japanese modernity chiefly in relation to the Western avant-garde.

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国際交流基金賞 受賞記念講演会 アメリカにおける戦後・現代日本美術史の展開とグローバル美術史の興隆

by Alexandra_Munroe on January 15, 2018

国際交流基金賞 受賞記念講演会

Speech Commemorating the Japan Foundation Prize for the Postwar / Contemporary Japanese Art History in America and the Rise of Global Art History

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Turn It On Film Series: Closing Event and Fairytale

by Alexandra_Munroe on January 2, 2018

January 4, 2018, 6:30 pm

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

In this special closing event for Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017, join cocurators of Art and China After 1989 Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, and Philip Tinari, Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, as they reflect upon their curatorial experiences and address broader themes in the exhibition and film series that touch upon China from 2007 to the present. The discussion will be moderated by Andrew Solomon, award-winning author and president of PEN America, copresenter of Turn It On. A screening of Ai Weiwei’s Fairytale (2007) immediately follows.

$20, $15 members, $10 students. Refreshments will be available for purchase in The Wrightfrom 5:15–6:30 pm.

Fairytale童话, 2007
Directed by Ai Weiwei艾未未
Mandarin with English subtitles, 153 min.

In 2007 Ai Weiwei took part in Documenta 12 with a participatory event called Fairytale, after the Brothers Grimm who were born in Kassel, the German city that hosts the famed art exhibition. Ai invited 1,001 people from China, many of whom had never been abroad before, to travel to Germany, live in a dormitory of Ai’s design, and freely wander the city and the exhibition. Ai’s studio recruited the applicants from the Internet. He also sent 1,001 Ming period–style wooden chairs, which were arranged throughout the exhibition hall as gathering spaces. Fairytale opens with the project’s inception and takes us through its full enactment, recording the experiences of participants of all backgrounds to create a series of portraits woven together by a single event.

Part of the film festival “Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017” cocurated by Ai Weiwei and Wang Fen.

Organized by the Guggenheim Museum in conjunction with Art and China after 1989: Theater of the WorldPresented in collaboration with PEN America. Support is provided by The Hayden Family Foundation. A program of the Sackler Center for Arts Education.

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