Exhibits

The information about exhibits, provided in this calendar, is intended to introduce Japan-related events in the Greater Boston, and New England area.

For all non-JSB-organized exhibits please check directly with the organization producing it to confirm all times, dates and event details. The Japan Society of Boston is not responsible for any changes or inaccuracies in information about events not sponsored by the JSB.

For information about special events, check out our All Events page.

Upcoming events

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 03 Jun 2018
    • Museum of Fine Arts, Japanese Print Gallery (Gallery 278A), Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115


    Black and White:
    Japanese Modern Art

    September 30, 2017 – June 3, 2018

    Museum of Fine Arts, Japanese Print Gallery (Gallery 278A), Avenue of the Arts,
    465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

    Centered around a newly acquired, large-scale calligraphy by Inoue Yūichi (1916–85), this exhibition showcases a selection of avant-garde works in the monochrome aesthetic shared widely in Japan and beyond during the postwar period. This sensibility is rooted in Zen Buddhism, which values simplicity and austerity, and remains influential today. The works in the exhibition are the results of transnational exchanges between Japanese artists like Inoue and their American Expressionist contemporaries, including Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock, who drew inspiration from Asian calligraphy for their gestural paintings. Among the nine works on view are prints, ceramics and sculpture, primarily drawn from the MFA’s collection.

    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 01 Apr 2018
    • Museum of Fine Arts, Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31), Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

    Takashi Murakami:
    Lineage of Eccentrics

    A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    October 18, 2017–April 1, 2018

    Museum of Fine Arts, Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31), Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

    Contemporary works by Takashi Murakami, one of the most imaginative and important artists working today, are juxtaposed with treasures from the MFA’s renowned collection of Japanese art. The exhibition reveals how Murakami’s contemporary vision is richly inflected by a dynamic conversation with the historical past, framed by a creative dialogue with the great Japanese art historian, Professor Nobuo Tsuji. Together, Murakami and Professor Tsuji have chosen the objects on view in the exhibition, including paintings and sculpture created by the artist in direct response to Japanese masterpieces from the MFA’s collection, such as Soga Shōhaku’s 36-foot-long Dragon and Clouds (1763), and the Heiji Scroll (second half of the 13th century)—one of the most famous Japanese works of art outside of Japan.

    • 30 Oct 2017
    • 21 Dec 2017
    • Harvard Graduate School of Design Main Gallery, Gund Hall 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Harvard Graduate School of Design Main Gallery, Gund Hall
    48 Quincy Street,  Cambridge, MA
    02138

    October 30, 2017 - December 21, 2017

    This exhibition of a selection of projects by Toru Mitani (Curator, Critic in Landscape Architecture) and his practice, Studio on Site, is about how small things have a significant, perceptual impact on diffuse landscapes. Over the past two decades, Mitani’s work has explored how perception is altered through minute dimensional changes in the prosaic components of everyday landscapes. Incremental variations in the heights and widths of curbs, in the rim of a drain, or the trimming of foliage, when repeated across space, induce shifts in perception intended to make the landscape intensely vibrant and present. Projects by Mitani on display include his Okutama Forest Therapy, Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and Machida City Hall projects, among 14 total projects in the exhibition.

    • 01 Dec 2017
    • 31 Dec 2017
    • 140 Clarendon Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02116

    Hold These Truths

    140 Clarendon Street, 2nd Floor
    Boston, MA 02116

    December 1 - December 31, 2017

    Hold These Truths is the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American son of Japanese immigrants, who resisted internment during World War II, a policy which continues to be cited and debated today.  Michael Hisamoto (Stage Kiss) plays Hirabayashi, a college student and a Quaker, whose hope and unquenchable patriotism over 50 years will leave audiences cheering.

    by Jeanne Sakata
    Directed by Benny Sato Ambush

    • 11 Dec 2017
    • 31 Dec 2017
    • Boston Children's Museum, Japanese House, 308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210

    年賀状 Decorate a Nenga-jyo Japanese New Year’s Greeting Card!

    December 11 - December 31, 2017

    Boston Children's Museum, Japanese House,
    308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210



    A nenga-jyo is a New Year’s greeting postcard. Japanese people send these to their relatives, friends, and colleagues as the first greeting of the New Year. People usually prepare and drop off their nenga-jyo cards in the mailbox before December 25th.  All the nenga-jyo cards are stored in the post office until New Year’s Day and on the morning of January 1st, they are delivered to everyone all at once.  Nenga-jyo have a variety of messages, such as wishes for a happy New Year, New Year’s resolutions, and more.  Often they include an illustration of the zodiac animal of the coming year.  

    Year of 2017 is Year of the Rooster.  How about 2018?  It is Year of the Dog!

    In the Japanese House, visitors are invited to learn about the custom of nenga-jyo – Japanese New Year greeting cards – and create their own. Are you ready to celebrate the New Year?

    During the busy days, they will have the guided tours of the Japanese House to accommodate the crowds. During the busy times, they will not have the activity in the Japanese House in order to accommodate the crowds.

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