Events in NYC:
A-LEVEL EXHIBITION at JAPAN SOCIETY
three is a magic number 7August 27–October 13, 2013
As Superman and the robots of Pacific Rim were leveling cities on the big screens, the Japanese artist collective three scoured New York City to find action figures of seminal American and Japanese anime, comic book and game characters–from Batman and Spider-Man to Sailor Moon and One Piece–and transformed them into completely new forms, melting them down into sculptural, cubic "bits."
The resulting 555 "bits" are on view in Japan Society’s A-Level space from Tuesday, August 27 to Sunday, October, 13, 2013, in the exhibition three is a magic number 7. Comprised of 55 American and 500 Japanese figures (the number five an homage to New York City’s five boroughs), visitors can scan a QR code label for each "bit" with their smartphones to discover what it looked like before it was melted down.
Selected for Japan Society Gallery’s inaugural Summer Artist Residency Program, and working out of Japan Society’s gallery throughout the month of July, three is a creative collaborative from Fukushima Prefecture made up of three anonymous artists. Known for their complex, whimsical sculptures and space-altering installations using everyday materials, the name “three” signifies the holy trinity of popular culture–manga, anime, and the virtual world of the Internet. The objects in three is a magic number 7 exemplify their ongoing exploration of the interplay between 2-D and 3-D expression.
JAPAN SOCIETY FILM:
A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924-2013), Part 1
Richie's Fantastic Five: Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Yanagimachi, & Kore-eda
SERIES BEGINS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18.
This season, Japan Society honors Donald Richie (April 17, 1924–February 19, 2013), whose work contributed incomparably toward making Japanese art and culture visible throughout the world. A Tribute to Donald Richie begins as a monthly series featuring five Japanese directors who became known throughout the world thanks to Richie’s introduction. A second thematic series (Globus Film Series) honoring Richie follows in spring 2014. Both are curated by film scholar and former Japan Society Film Program Director Kyoko Hirano.
Tickets on sale soon.
Last modified: Sep 16, 2013