The Osaka Expo '70 and the Japanese Avant-Garde

November 6, 2010

Tower of the sunThe workshop on November 6 will engage scholars of art history and other disciplines to discuss the significance of the 1970 Osaka Expo. The workshop will explore ways of historicizing this event and will promote exchanges between scholars who make use of markedly different methodologies and perspectives. Each speaker will present a 20-25 minute talk (with images) regarding a specific dimension of the Expo, which will be followed by a 25-30 minute group discussion. The format and setting are intended to facilitate a workshop-like atmosphere and genuine group discussion, with as much multilateral (as opposed to bilateral) exchange as possible. The papers will mostly be in English, although the discussion sessions may include Japanese at times.

Sponsored by:
The Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University; the Rockefeller Fund for East Asian Art, Harvard University; and the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.

See also: Conference, 2010

8:30 Breakfast
9:25 Yukio LIPPIT and Midori YOSHIMOTO: Welcome
9:30 William GARDNER: "The 1970 Osaka Expo and/as Science Fiction"
10:30 Hyunjung CHO: "Designing the Soft Environment: Isozaki Arata's Festival Plaza"
11:30 Midori YOSHIMOTO: "Dissonant Voices: Artist Participants' Critique of the Expo '70"
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Raiji KURODA: "Expo '70 Destruction Joint-Struggle Group: Between Happening and Activism"
2:30 Screenings
3:00 Coffee Break
3:30 Hiroko IKEGAMI: "'World Without Boundary'?: EAT Goes to Expo '70, Osaka"
4:30 Reiko TOMII: "Toward Tokyo Biennale 1970: Shapes of the 'International' in the Age of International Contemporaneity"

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bowie-Vernon Room K262
CGIS Knafel Building
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 

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By Car
From the West (I90 – Massachusetts Turnpike): Take Exit 18 (Cambridge/Allston). Bear right after the toll booth at the end of the exit ramp. At the third set of lights (over the bridge), turn left onto Memorial Drive. After the second set of lights, turn right onto JFK Street. Go through two sets of lights. At the third set of lights, turn right. This is the center of Harvard Square. Please see the list below for parking in Harvard Square.

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