Mar 11th 2022

Kavi Gupta presents a conversation with Japanese-born, New York-based artist Tomokazu Matsuyama on the occasion of the closing of his critically acclaimed solo exhibition The Best Part About Us. The conversation will take place on the first level of our 219 N. Elizabeth St. space in Chicago from 5-7pm.

Matsuyama will be joined by Yi Cao, Director of Curatorial Administration of Arts of Asia at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Maritza Lacayo, Assistant Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); moderated by Phillip Barcio, Associate Director of Interpretation at Kavi Gupta.

The conversation will elucidate how Matsuyama’s work and practice center intercultural aesthetics; examine the current state of museum inclusivity in the United States from the perspectives of artists, visitors, and museum workers alike; and visit the topic of art as an entry point for public engagement in issues of intercultural politics.

Our gallery staff is fully vaccinated, but to keep the festivities safe, masks will be required indoors. Updated Covid vaccine cards will be necessary from attendees once entering the space. Occupancy will be limited, so appointments are required. In the event that you encounter trouble scheduling your visit or have additional inquiries please contact


The event will be live streamed on Instagram Live through @kavigupta_


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