#TBT: In 2010, Yoshitomo Nara Goes Punk

Artist Yoshitomo Nara (center) poses with the punk band High Teen Boogie at Asia Society in New York on September 13, 2010. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)

On September 13, 2010, Asia Society in New York held a benefit gala for the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, who is renowned for his expressive depictions of children and animals. The event coincided with the Asia Society Museum exhibition Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool, which drew connections between his work and youth subcultures worldwide by focusing on themes of alienation and rebellion — particularly in relation to rock and punk music. In this photo from the gala, Nara (center) poses with the Japanese punk band High Teen Boogie.

Each week for "Throwback Thursday" (#TBT), we'll reach into our archives to find a photo from the organization's 60-year history. Some photos will feature important moments, some will feature important people, and others still will just be photos we love. Do you have an Asia Society photo you'd like us to consider including in this series? Please email the photo and any related details to photos@theasiablog.org (we regret that we won't be able to respond directly to each inquiry).

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Eric Fish is a Content Producer at Asia Society New York and author of the book China's Millennials: The Want Generation.