Community of Images: Japanese Moving Image Artists in the US, 1960s-1970s


On Friday, May 31, 2024, the University of the Arts, a primary presenting partner for “Community of Images,” abruptly announced its imminent closure, slated for Friday, June 7, 2024. The sudden announcement and shutdown have sent an adverse wave rippling across the Philadelphia creative community. One result is that the subsequent anticipated closure of university-affiliated venues such as the Philadelphia Art Alliance has made the status of the “Community of Images” exhibition and related programs uncertain.

We are fortunate to be able to confirm the exhibition opening reception will take place as planned on Friday, June 14, 2024, at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Still, our solidarity goes out to all the dedicated arts workers and students affected by the university’s abrupt decision. We intend to present all scheduled exhibition programs as planned, but venues and related details are subject to change.

For the latest information, please refer to the exhibition website.

Collaborative Cataloging Japan and Japan America, Society of Greater Philadelphia, are pleased to present the exhibition “Community of Images: Japanese Moving Image Artists in the US, the 1960s-1970s,” which is scheduled to take place June 14–August 9, 2024, at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

“Community of Images” explores experimental moving images created by Japanese artists and their connections to North America.

Covering a wide range of practices and themes–including avant-garde film, performance, design and healing, ecology, expanded cinema, independent documentary, music, race, feminism, video art, community-based video, technology and communication, and others — the exhibition and related programs highlight works and activities that took place in Japan and the US.

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Takahiko Iimura. © Takahiko & Akiko Iimura.

Yukihisa Isobe, Air Dome, 1970. © Yukihisa Isobe. Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

Exhibition Programs

Through a series of events and community programs scheduled alongside the “Community of Images” exhibition, Philadelphia-based artists and media-making organizations will bring the exhibition’s themes and the history behind them alive for a contemporary audience.

Organizers and Presenters

“Community of Images” is curated by the collective members of Collaborative Cataloging Japan (CCJ) — Go Hirasawa, Julian Ross, and Ann Adachi-Tasch — and co-presented with Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP), with community engagement leadership by Rob Buscher.

Video Hiroba catalog, 1974 (left), and Tokyo-New York Video Express flyer (right). © Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation.

Masanori Oe and Marvin Fishman, Great Society, 1967, 17 min., 6x16mm film projections, color. © Masanori Oe.


“Community of Images” is co-presented by Collaborative Cataloging Japan and Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. Major support has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Toshiba International Foundation, Pola Art Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Japan Foundation.

Cover Image: Detail of photo documentation, Ko Nakajima, Ryūdōtai Projector, 1969 © Ko Nakajima.


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