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

Collaborative Cataloging Japan and Japan America, Society of Greater Philadelphia, are pleased to announce the exhibition “Community of Images: Japanese Moving Image Artists in the US, the 1960s-1970s,” which will 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 in the U.S.

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Takahiko Iimura. © Takahiko & Akiko Iimura.

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 today’s audiences.

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, and in partnership with the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts.

 

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.

Acknowledgments

“Community of Images” is co-presented by Collaborative Cataloging Japan and Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts. 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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