Curator’s Perspective: Mami Kataoka

Sunday, September 23, 3–4:30 PM
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Into the Equilibrium: Understanding the Changing World From an Eastern Perspective

Today the world seems to be changing as radically as ever. One of the fundamental ideas of Buddhism is “impermanence,” according to which everything in this world is seen as constantly changing and never the same. Because we think of things as permanent, the fact that they are constantly coming into existence and disappearing gives rise to suffering. On the other hand, while there are simultaneous productions of art and culture in different social, political and historical contexts and value systems in every part of the world, Asian traditional philosophy of yin and yang or Wu Xing—which shows the universal diagram that different forces absorb each other and give rise to a state of equilibrium—is something worth revisiting. In this talk, Kataoka will reveal her view on contemporary art practices from some of the traditional Eastern perspectives. 

Mami Kataoka speaks at the Curator’s Perspective, an itinerant public discussion series that features international curators who distill current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think and their views on recent developments in the art world.

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September 23, 2012


Mami Kataoka

Mami Kataoka has been the Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) 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, Lee Bul: From Me, Belongs to You Only. Meanwhile she is extending her curatorial practice in many international projects including 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012) in South Korea as the Joint Artistic Director, Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (2012) at Asian Art Museum in San Francisco as guest curator, and Ai Weiwei: According to What? (2012) at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, which will tour other North American venues. She was the International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London between 2007 and 2009, and curated Laughing in the Foreign Language (2008) and co-curated Walking in My Mind (2009). She was Chief Curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery from 1998 to 2002. Kataoka also frequently writes and gives lectures on contemporary art in Asia.

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