Around the World: Art on the 10th Anniversary of Tōhoku Earthquake, Tsunami; Design Innovations and the Chandigarh Chair; and More
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
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Each week, we'll share a variety of videos, articles, webcasts, and more from around the web — all curated by the Asia Society Texas Center staff to reflect the broad interests and goals of our mission. In this digest, connect with art online and get a closer look at the exhibitions at Asia Society and elsewhere.
Artists in the 10 Years Since the 3/11 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan. While our In the Wake exhibition in 2016 looked at photographers' responses, this recent feature in the New York Times highlights the work of artist Kyohei Sakaguchi whose practice was also deeply informed by those events. Learn about his multidimensional artmaking and revisit the early exhibition of photographs at Asia Society Texas to learn how artists have responded to these momentous events.
"My grandparents were like the first installation artists that I ever met"
Artist Michael Rakowitz discusses a range of topics in this short Art 21 interview, including immigration, assimilation, decolonizing museums, his influential projects Enemy Kitchen and The invisible enemy should not exist, as well as keeping his studio going during the challenges of COVID-19. Reflecting on his early experiences in museums, he shares "there's nothing cooler than being 10 years old and learning that this is the first comic book and your people are responsible for it."
Chandigarh Chairs: From Functional Design Response to Collectible Object
Design historians Nia Thandapani, Petra Seitz, and Gregor Wittrick are freshly examining aspects of the narratives built up around the work of Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret in 1950s Chandigarh, India, and the team-based design processes that created objects like the Chandigarh chair. Jeanneret, working in collaboration with his cousin Le Corbusier and Indian architects such as Aditya Prakash and J.K. Choudhury, made design innovations that are a lasting part of Chandigarh's architectural history. As the chairs continue to influence designers today, collectors and scholars alike will pursue further research into the chairs' origins and impacts.
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