KUSAMA – INFINITY
Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. She didn't care about money, it was about respect.
Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II; life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions; sexism and racism in the art establishment (where white male artists appropriated her style and techniques); and mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful.
At one point, in the 1970s, Kusama voluntarily checked herself into a hospital for the mentally ill, which she decided to make her home and she opened a studio nearby to continue her creative endeavors. Today, as she approaches her 90th birthday, she continues to pursue her art full time.
Through it all, Kusama has endured and created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day.
Unfolding over several decades, Yayoi Kusama's career has both exemplified and transcended two of the most important art movements of the 20th century: Pop art and Minimalism. Her highly influential work spans paintings, performances, room-sized presentations, outdoor sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design and interventions, all of which expand and explore both microscopic and macroscopic universes. One of the most popular artists in the world, Kusama currently draws record numbers of visitors to her exhibitions internationally, while photos of her Infinity Mirrored Rooms have become omnipresent on social media.
Kusama, who is now based in Tokyo, continues to tirelessly create art and participate in exhibitions. In just the past few years, she has presented major shows at prestigious international institutions including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Tate Modern, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Center of Art, Tokyo and the Hirshhorn Museum. This past year, Kusama opened her own museum in Tokyo with the inaugural exhibition Creation Is a Solitary Pursuit, Love Is What Brings You Closer to Art.
☀ KUSAMA – INFINITY, director Heather Lenz, USA, 2018, 80 minutes.
☀ DATES & TIMES:
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7 PM
Sunday November 18, 2018, 4 PM
Venue opens Saturday at 6:00; seating at 6:30; Sunday at 3:00; seating at 3:30.
Late arrivals will be seated at management discretion.
the newly renovated GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St, Cincinnati 45202. – Learn more
☀ PARKING & DIRECTIONS:
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Ample parking at affordable rates — 1,700+ garage spaces within two blocks ‐ Gramercy Garage (next door, enter via Race, 7th or Elm streets), Garfield Garage (9th St., next to the Phoenix) and Macy's Garage (7th Street). Another 363 surface lot spaces within a couple blocks, plus numerous on-street meters.
Other transport options include the Street Car, Metro, Tank, Uber, Red Bike, etc.
Ticket prices for the film and post-film discussion are:
Adult general admission, $10 advance, $15 door.
Student/ArtsPass general admission, $8 advance, $12 door — must show valid ID upon arrival.
☀ ADA ACCESS: We have completely revamped and improved ADA access, with a direct path to wheelchair spaces and companion seats (no ramps, no stairs). Individuals using walkers or wheelchairs should call ahead to let us know your screening date and time, (859) 957-3456.
☀ DINING & LIBATIONS:
It couldn't be easier — across the street from the Garfield, you'll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks. General Manager Randy Procter is offering CWC patrons an inaugural 15% discount on your order, excluding alcohol.
Enjoy a pre- or post-film meal or coffee and dessert, or hang at the bar. You'll need your online ticket purchase confirmation or ticket stub from the event. Discount valid only for the date on your ticket.
Hours: TUE-THS - Dining, 5-10 pm; bar 3:30 - midnight. FRI-SAT - Dining 5-11 pm; bar 3:30 - 2:30. SUN - Dining 5-9 pm; bar 3:30 - 1-pm. Advance reservations recommended – (513) 954-8974. Check out the menus and photos: thebutcherbarrel.com.
☀ QUESTIONS? Please or call (859) 957 3456.
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POST-FILM DISCUSSION LEADERS
For our post-film discusions we are thrilled to have two highly accomplished educators, with extensive knowledge of Japanese culture and the realms of fine art and photography.
Saturday, Nov 17, 7 PM: EMILY HANAKO MOMOHARA
Emily Momohara grew up near Seattle, Washington and earned her BFA in Photography and her BA in Art History from the University of Washington. While in Seattle she worked at Photo Center North West from 1997-2003. Emily went on to receive her MFA in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas, where she studied under Roger Shimomura. She is a Professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where she has headed the photography major since 2006.
Ms. Momohara has exhibited nationally, most notably in a two-person show at the Japanese American National Museum. She has been a visiting artist in several residency programs including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Headlands Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Work Center and Red Gate Gallery Beijing. In 2015, her work was included in the Chongqing Photography and Video Biennial.
Emily has presented at several national conferences such as the 2010 Mixed Race Critical Studies Conference, 2012 Asian American Studies Confernence and at the 2013 National Society for Photographic Education Conference. She received a 2011 Ohio Arts Council Excellence Grant and lives in Cincinnati.
Learn more about Emily Momohara here, ehmomohara.com.
Sunday, Nov 18, 4 PM: HELEN RINDSBERG
At and early age Helen Rindsberg learned that she loved art and that she loved stories. After four Saturday drawing classes in the Asian galleries at the Cincinnati Art Museum, nine-year-old Helen announced to her mother that she really liked Japanese art. That interest grew and later led to a fellowship to study in Japan.
Her formal training was at the University of Cincinnati where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1971) and Master of Arts (1972) in Art Education, while she worked her way through college as a library clerk and a photographer's assistant. An art teacher since 1972, at both the secondary and university levels, she finds great satisfaction in combining art and story-telling in one career. As a docent at the Cincinnati Art Museum since 2004, Helen's carefully crafted stories bring the art and artists alive for her tour groups.
An avid admirer of Japanese culture, since 1989 she and her husband have made many pleasure trips to Japan and also conducted tours for students and adults. Here in the States, the Rindsbergs have hosted fourteen Japanese college students over the years. Helen also finds time to serve as president of the Cincinnati Asian Art Society and is a member of the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati, the Japanese American Citizens League and the Cincinnati Sister Cities Association.
Learn more about Helen Rindsberg here, helenrindsberg.com.