Barbara and Theodore Alfond Auditorium (Auditorium G36), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
YO AKIYAMA, ceramist; professor, Kyoto City University of Arts
Widely recognized as one of Japan’s preeminent sculptors, Akiyama Yo has devoted his career to exploring the dynamics of the ceramic process. Each of his powerful objects explores the tensions of binary relationships such as solid-void, gravity-antigravity, formation-destruction, and examines the compression of time. Akiyama discusses the encounter between the artist’s creative vision and the physical properties of the material with which he works.
Although Japanese filmmaker Umetsugu Inoue made movies in a number of genres, he may be best known as a specialist in musicals. He began making musicals at Nikkatsu Studios in the 1950s, eventually catching the eye of the famed Shaw Brothers, who hired him to apply his magic touch to Hong Kong movies in the late 60s. Though this retrospective includes just a handful of the more than one hundred movies he made in his career, it features three newly subtitled classics, a restored print of a film he made using the rare Konicolor process and one of his standout Hong Kong efforts. – TomVick, Curator of Film, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution Curated by Tom Vick and generously funded by the Inoue & Tsukioka Movie Foundation.
May 4 (Fri) 7pm & May 6 (Sun) 7pm The Sotrmy Man
May 4 (Fri) 9pm & May 6 (Sun) 4pm The Winner
May 5 (Sat) 3pm The Green Music Box
May 5 (Sat) 7pm & May 13 (Sun) 4pm The Eagle and the Hawk
Porte Seminar Room S250, 2nd Level, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.
SARI KAWANA Associate Professor of Japanese, University of Massachusetts Boston
Moderator: Karen L. Thornber, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature; Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; and Chair, Harvard University Asia Center Council, Harvard University