Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku | Contemporary Printmakers and Mid Century Modern Architects

Fuchen Chu 2018.10.31 woodcut                        Koichi Sone  Nagaoka Municipal Gymnasium  screenprint

The Ink Shop Printmaking Center will host visiting printmakers and architects from Tokyo with an exhibit displaying prints and drawings.This is the first comprehensive show in the USA of printed art from the Printmaking Department of Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku (Tokyo University of Fine Art). The show will present the work of the students and the faculty of the only National Art University in Japan, which has produced numerous famous artists, maintaining tradition and pushing the forefront of contemporary Japanese art since the 19th century. Geidai's architectural department is also Kumi Korf's alma mater. (Kumi is a long time beloved printmaker at the Ink Shop.) Most of her classmates are practicing architects.

The exhibit will present the works of selected undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students of the two Laboratories for Printmaking and Print Media together with works by research assistants and faculty members. Faculty and Students from Geijutsu Daigaku will discuss their work and studio in a public event for the Ithaca community during an Ink Shop Talk Print presentation.The exhibited work will include traditional and non traditional printed art as well as book art and artist books where we expect a contribution from students and faculty of the Department of Design under the guidance of Prof. Matsushita Kei.

The printmaking Department consist of two Laboratories, headed respectively by Assoc. Prof. Michael W. Schneider and by Assoc. Prof. Miida Seiichiro who are placing a different emphasis on research in to contemporary print. While the school has always combined the western and the Japanese techniques and traditions, today it is necessary to define the individual artists practice in sphere of simultaneity of visual cultures, identities, traditions and communities. In order to discuss this new challenge, the department itself has decided to mirror this.

 While the tradition of printmaking in Japan is long and its influence on modern art all over the world can not be overestimated, the young generation on printing artists are finis themselves with the need to renegotiate their position within the international contemporary discourse and to redefine their medium within an artistic practice that is increasingly reliant on a trans medial reality.

The project, born out of the effort of Mrs.Kumi Korf, a Japanese Artist who is living in the US and has graduated from Tokyo Geidai decades ago,  Geidai's architectural department is the alma mater of Kumi Korf, a long time beloved printmaker at the Ink Shop. Most of her classmates are practicing architects. Their drawings and prints are easily viewed together with their printmaking pieces.
This exhibit is made possible in part with the support from the Japan Foundation

 Japan Foundation

This program is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. 


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