In the Yellowstone Art Museum’s continuing series, Gallery Conversations, independent curator Mika Yoshitake will present a Zoom lecture on Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. on Japanese Neo-Pop Art.
Titled Japanese Neo-Pop: Consumptions, Parody and the Aesthetic of “Nonsense,” Yoshitake’s lecture will explore the emergence of Japanese "Neo-Pop" (a term first coined by Japanese art critic, Noi Sawaragi in 1992) and contextualize its framework of consumption, parody and the aesthetic of "nonsense" in relation to Pop Art in the U.S. Centering around Takashi Murakami as well as other prominent artists rising out of the 1990s, the talk will introduce practices ranging from parodies of neo-avant garde performances from the 1960s, appropriation of subcultures and branding strategies, as well as the culture of spectacle.
This framework will offer a chance to reflect on the complex manifestation of subjectivity and difference in Neo-Pop as well as the operation of consumerism and desire in Pop Art more broadly.
Mika Yoshitake, PhD, has expertise in postwar Japanese art. She earned her MA and PhD in Art History from UCLA, which culminated in the AICA-USA award-winning exhibition and catalogue “Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha” (2012), introducing the late 1960s Japanese art movement, Mono-ha (School of Things) into an international context. She previously served as Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2011–18). Yoshitake organized the six-venue North American tour of “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” (2017–19) among other exhibitions.