Opening Thursday, July 18th, from 6PM - 8PM
On view through Saturday, July 27th
Curators Kioto Aoki and Asha Iman Veal host a roundtable discussion with artists Diana Quiñones Rivera and Sarita Garcia, of “The Tokyo Show: Black & Brown Are Beautiful” at the Hairpin Arts Center. The conversation will focus on how global mobility, identity and space are addressed in the respective exhibitions by Asian Improv aRts Midwest and the Hyde Park Art Center.
*This discussion is the first half of a conversational exchange between the Hyde Park Art Center and AIRMW/Hairpin Arts. The second half will take place on July 24 at the Hyde Park Art Center*
The Tokyo Show: Black & Brown Are Beautiful explores cross-cultural solidarity across communities that are often kept apart by geographic or political distance. This exhibition and ongoing project advocates for redirected routes of dialogues across global space—through the leadership of artists, and as a way to reconsider complex identities. On view at Hyde Park Art Center through September 29.
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Full Schedule of Events: CHICAGOBIHIRO.ORG
Gallery Hours: WED-SUN: 1:00-8:00 PM, additional hours by appointment.
Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW) presents a Chicago/Obihiro Exchange Project special event – “思考回路 / Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought,” a three-week exhibition featuring artists from Japan and Chicago to facilitate dialogue about the artistic and intellectual approach of post-war, new immigrant generations of Japanese within the context of contemporary art.
Presented in collaboration with the Tokachi International Cultural Exchange Center in Obihiro, Japan; and Hairpin Arts Center.
“思考回路 / Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought” will open with a one week solo presentation of Chicago-based calligrapher Oda Hekiun, followed by a two-person presentation of Obihiro artists Daisaku Ueno and Masanori Umeda. Sound artist Hiroshi Mehata also joins the roster to record an album incorporating the local soundscape of the Tokachi area. AIRMW artists Kioto Aoki and Kiyomi Negi-Tran will be exhibiting works created during their June 2019 residency in Obihiro/Tokachi region of Hokkaido, Japan.
Throughout the three weeks, AIRMW will also present a variety of public presentations: artists talks, calligraphy and tea ceremony workshops, performances by Tsukasa Taiko, Shubukai, and Toyoaki Shamisen; and local performance artists and musicians of the Japanese diaspora.
7/9 Creative Community: Artist Talk & Workshop by Oda Hekiun
7/12 Collaborative Performance by: Oda Hekiun & Fujima Yoshinojo
7/13 Origami Workshop
7/16 Creative Community: Ueno Daisaku, Umeda Masanori, & Mehata Hiroshi
7/18 In Conversation with “The Tokyo Show: Black and Brown Are Beautiful”
7/19 Tsukasa Taiko + Opening Celebration
7/19 Tatsu Aoki’s New Japan Ensemble at Elastic Arts
7/20 Japanese Tea Ceremony Presentation
7/20 Koto Presentation
7/20 Tatsu Aoki’s New Japan Ensemble at Elastic Arts
7/22 Jazz & Electronics: Mai Sugimoto & Kiku Hibino
7/24 In Conversation with Obihiro at Hyde Park Art Center
7/25 Handmade Soba Demonstration at JASC
7/26 Fourth Friday at Hairpin Arts: Naoki Nakatani, Mitsu Salmon, Hiroshi Mehata
7/27 Closing Reception & Final Remarks: Kioto Aoki & Kiyomi Negi
Chicago Obihiro Exchange is a program of AIRMW and is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, CDH. P.C, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Joyce Foundation.