Davies Forum Exhibition and Lecture, 4/24/12

Exhibition & Public Lecture
The Davies Forum
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton @ Parker, 94117

Illusions of Harmony: Forgetting the Unnamable in Japanese and American History
Kalmanovitz Hall Atrium
Tuesday, April 24 to Tuesday, May 1

Beyond Obsequious: Honor, Abjection, and Agency in Japanese American Visual Culture
Tuesday, April 24, 6:00pm
Maier Room in Fromm Hall
Reception to Follow in Kalmanovitz Hall (probably around 7:00-8:30pm)

This is the culminating event of a semester-long forum on “Citizenship in Japan and the US.”

How can art intervene in culturalist discourse to create space for a more diversely inclusive and activated notion of citizenship? This artist talk will pick up on ideas posed by preceding Davies Forum speakers—mechanisms for remembering and forgetting critical lessons of history (Lisa Yoneyama); and the dynamics of “polite racism” and notions of national belonging (Takashi Fujitani)—to discuss the artwork in the Davies exhibition and the influences that inspired it.  Tsuchitani will share his own inquiry into issues of race and identity as they have played out in the arena of Japanese American visual representation during the course of his lifetime, along with the aesthetic strategies that he has employed to leverage this awareness into effective forms of cultural resistance, agency, and interventional change.

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