Building on her family background in woodblock printing, artist Ayomi Yoshida has focused recently on large-scale installations that incorporate prints to achieve dramatic transformations of space. These total environments invite the public to engage with her investigations of time, life cycles in nature, sensory memory, and nostalgia.
Yoshida’s understanding of Yoshio Taniguchi’s architectural practice uniquely situates her to respond to his design of Asia Society Texas Center. This exhibition in the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall will specifically reference the Water Garden and the recurring connections between interior and exterior spaces, both in our building and classical Japanese architectural traditions.
Admission to this exhibition is free.
Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays
Photography of the exhibition without flash is permitted.
Ayomi Yoshida (吉田 亜世美 YOSHIDA Ayomi, born 1958) is an artist currently living and working in Tokyo, Japan. She is renowned for her large scale installations that incorporate woodblock prints, video, sound, and sculpture. Her early practice focused on the woodblock printing tradition that her family is known for, including her grandfather, revered printmaker Hiroshi Yoshida, and her parents Hodaka and Chizuko Yoshida. Ayomi belongs to the third generation of woman artists in her family which is rare in Japan, following her mother Chizuko, and her grandmother Fujio Yoshida.
After graduating from Wako University, she has transformed the use of woodblock prints as primary materials in installations. Her work has been exhibited at the British Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and in other venues including international print biennials. One of her largest ongoing commissions has been for the headquarters of Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN.
About Asia Society Texas Center
With 13 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the west. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach. Visit us at AsiaSociety.org/Texas.
Reception Celebrating Ayomi Yoshida Exhibition
Thursday, July 26, 6-8 p.m.
Visit with the artist over drinks and light bites, and receive a preview of the exhibition. Free to the public.
Artist Talk: Ayomi Yoshida
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 2 p.m.
Join the artist as she discusses her new works in the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall exhibition. Free for Members, $7 Nonmembers.
Saturday, September 8, 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 10, 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 3 p.m.
To schedule a group tour outside of these designated days, please fill out the form below or contact Michael Buening, Director of Education & Outreach, at MBuening@AsiaSociety.org
School tours, facilitated by the education department staff and volunteers, provide educationally rich interactive opportunities for students to learn about Asian art, culture, and traditions. These free tours are open to all public, private, charter, alternative, and home schools. Visits take place on weekdays, Tuesday through Friday, for one to two hours.
All school tours and subsequent interactive projects are tethered to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and district curriculum standards. They may include:
Docent-led tour of exhibitions in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery
"Introduction to Asia” PowerPoint Presentation highlighting essential information about Asian art, culture, geography, and politics
Guided tour of the Texas Center and discussion of its unique architecture
Interactive projects based on the current exhibition (unavailable during summer months, June through August)
At least two weeks’ notice is required for school tours. Additional advance notice is required for groups larger than 25.
For more information, please contact Michael Buening, Director of Education & Outreach, at MBuening@AsiaSociety.org
This exhibition is organized by Asia Society Texas Center.
Exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Wells Fargo. The Japan Series is presented by Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas). Major support also comes from Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Nancy C. Allen, and Leslie and Brad Bucher, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, and the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Generous funding also provided by The Clayton Fund, Texas Commission on the Arts, Wortham Foundation, Inc., The Franci Neely Foundation, Olive Jenney, Nanako and Dale Tingleaf, and Ann Wales. Additional support given by The Japan Foundation. Funding is also provided through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional visual art to Asia Society Texas Center.
Japan Series Presenting Sponsor