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John Teramoto on Tawara Yūsaku’s Monumental Energy

John Teramoto. (Indianapolis Museum of Art)

Tawara's art shakes you up and buzzes through what you thought you knew about art. Between Tawara's fascinating personal story and even more fascinating Eastern perspective on Western art, Universe Is Flux will be 'a moment of Zen' that may last you a lifetime.
– Bob Duggan, Big Think, December 2011

How does an artist like Tawara Yūsaku (1932–2004) translate Buddhist concepts of cosmology and space, the expansive genius of Leonardo da Vinci, and his own unique technical approach into paintings filled with both subtly and power? Join John Teramoto, Curator of Asian Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, for a fascinating exploration of Tawara’s ink works and the wide-ranging principles upon which they are based. Talk includes gallery admission to Universe is Flux: The Art of Tawara Yūsaku.


About the Speaker

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, John Teramoto is Curator of Asian Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Art History, specializing in Japanese Art, from the University of Michigan. Teramoto has spent time in Japan as a Monbusho (Japanese Ministry of Education) Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, and as a Visiting Scholar at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) in Kyoto. He taught at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan, for two years, and also served in a joint position as Assistant Professor and Curator of Asian Art at the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas. Co-author of the catalogue, Universe Is Flux: The Art of Tawara Yūsaku, Teramoto has been at the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 2000.


Supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Arts Alliance, City of Houston, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Bank of America, and United Airlines – Official Airline of Asia Society Texas Center.


Event Details

Sat 22 Jun 2013

1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004

Free for Asia Society members; $5 for all others. Gallery admission included. Tickets available at the door.
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