Date: Fri. March 15, 2013 - Fri. March 15, 2013.
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St W) - Toronto, Canada
Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, will give a lecture titled “Contemporary Art in Japan: Visions and Views of the Universe” on March 15, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The talk is part of the Asia Contemporary Speaker Series, a partnership between the Canadian Art Foundation and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s National Conversation on Asia and its sponsors.
Mami Kataoka has been Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo since 2003, where she curated “Roppongi Crossing 2004,” “Ozawa Tsuyoshi” (2004), “All About Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art” (2007), “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” (2009), “Sensing Nature: Perception of Nature in Japan”(2010), and most recently curated “Lee Bul: From Me, Belongs to You Only.”
Meanwhile, she is extending her curatorial practice in many international projects, including the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012) in South Korea as Joint Artistic Director, “Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past” (2012) at Asian Art Museum in San Francisco as guest curator. “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” will also be at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, in 2012 and will tour other North American venues.
Kataoka was International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London between 2007 and 2009, where she curated “Laughing in the Foreign Language” (2008) and co-curated “Walking in My Mind” (2009). Prior to her current position, she was chief curator at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery from 1998 to 2002. Kataoka also frequently writes and gives lectures on contemporary art in Asia.
Tickets for this lecture are $12 for the public, $10 for AGO members, and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance via the AGO’s website.
The Asia Contemporary Speaker Series explores the rise of Asia on the international scene as one of the most compelling stories in contemporary art. Provocative artworks command ever-higher prices as markets expand, and impressive new museums, schools and biennials continue to proliferate. Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Tokyo and Beijing have established themselves as major art-world hubs, competing directly with London and New York. In order to understand this phenomenon and its connection to global movements of economic and political power, the Asia Contemporary Speaker Series will bring five recognized leaders in the field to speak in cities across Canada in 2012 and 2013.