Join us for the virtual release of the Shofuso and Modernism documentary (watch the trailer) and an extended conversation with the filmmakers.
To accompany Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration between Japan and Philadelphia, filmmakers Nadia Hironaka and Greenhouse Media have produced a 30-minute documentary that focuses on the artistic interconnections between renowned woodworker and architect George Nakashima, the husband and wife design team of Antonin Raymond and Noémi Pernessin Raymond, along with Shofuso’s architect, Junzo Yoshimura.
The Shofuso and Modernism Documentary includes interviews with:
- Mira Nakashima, President and Creative Director for George Nakashima Woodworkers, Geoge Nakashima’s daughter
- Charlotte Raymond, co-director of the Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design, granddaughter of Noemi and Antonin Raymond
- Dr. Tomiki Kato, President of Ueyakato Landscape, 8th generation Japanese gardener from Kyoto, Japan
- Ken Tadashi Oshima, Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Washington; teaches in the areas of trans-national architectural history, theory, representation, and design
- William Whitaker, Curator and Collections Manager, Architectural Archive at the University of Pennsylvania, Shofuso and Modernism co-curator
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Nadia Hironaka creates films, videos, public artworks and immersive installations. Since 2008 she has been working collaboratively with artist, Matthew Suib. Hironaka is a recipient of several honored awards including a 2015 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Pew Fellowships in the Arts and Fellowships from CFEVA and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her collaborative work has been widely exhibited both domestically and abroad at venues including, Fondazione MAXXI (Rome), New Media Gallery (Vancouver), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), UCLA Hammer Museum and Arizona State University Art Museum. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Banff Centre, Marble House and the Millay Colony for Arts. Nadia Hironaka serves as a professor and department chair of film and video at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She lives in Philadelphia with collaborator and husband, Matthew Suib, their daughter, Anja, and cat Pookie; Hironaka & Suib are represented by Locks gallery.
Greenhouse Media, the partnership of Aaron Igler and Matthew Suib, has produced documentary films, developed, designed and produced a variety of media-based artist/museum projects, exhibitions, public artworks with artists and institutions including The National Constitution Center, San Francisco MoMA, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford), the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and many more. Their work on Eastern State Penitentiary’s Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration, including its immersive centerpiece, helped the exhibition win the prestigious Excellence in Exhibitions awards presented by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)––the highest award in exhibition development and design.
Matthew Suib has exhibited installations, video/sound works and photographs internationally at venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kunstwerke Berlin, Mercer Union (Toronto), The Corcoran Gallery of Art (D.C.), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (NYC), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), and the 2007 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Suib’s 2006 video installation Purified By Fire was re-commissioned for public presentations in Paris, Toronto, Miami and Chicago. Philadelphia’s Mural Art Program commissioned public artworks by Suib and collaborator Nadia Hironaka in 2014 and 2016. Suib was awarded a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and was a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellow in 2005. Matthew’s work is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and he was also a former member of the esteemed Philadelphia artist collective Vox Populi.
Since the mid-90s artist and audio-visual designer Aaron Igler has been involved in myriad creative ventures including sound design, live performance, visual media production, and public art. He has participated in projects both locally and abroad including venues in Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Sydney (Australia) and Hamburg (Germany). He has been invited to contribute to artist projects for numerous venues including the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), Storefront for Art and Architecture, Creative Time (NYC), Ibrahim Theater at International House, Bartram’s Garden, and Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania amongst others.
In 2000, Igler founded Lighting for Urban Rooftop Environments (LURE) as a platform for developing new media collaborations to be presented in outdoor urban spaces. In 2010 he received a Planning Grant from Pew’s Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative to develop an exhibition titled “A Documentary Ear.
In the summer of 2012 Igler set out on a 2000-mile solo bicycle tour starting in Astoria, Oregon meandering East to the Rockies. This 2-month tour was conceptualized as a mobile artist-residency, actively capturing photographs and ambient field-recorded audio samples of the open terrain along the route for use in a developing artist project titled “Sound Forager.”