August 2017 Programs

End of Summer is pleased to be hosting two guest lectures, and an artists open studio event in August. All programs are held at Yale Union, in Portland Oregon.

Monday, August 14th, 7:00 PM
Guest Lecture with Justin Jesty
"The Creativity of Uncertainty: Amateur Woodcut in 1950s Japan"

The question Jesty will consider in this talk is, why would creation appear, as if so naturally, as a response to adversity? The 1950s was a period of struggle and transformation globally. The Cold War reshaped the culture and politics of much of the world while scores of new nations were born in struggles against colonial regimes. In Japan, it was a time traversed by brutal tides, from the remilitarization and reactionism of Japan’s rehabilitation under the U.S.’s nuclear umbrella, to the trauma, hunger, and uncertainty of the day-to-day. Yet it was also a time of massive political and cultural engagement, in which thousands of small groups formed at the local level around Japan to pursue cultural expression and political and social reform. By looking at the work of amateur woodcut groups in the 1950s, Jesty will try to answer this question by emphasizing the attractive power of collective production: the joy and affirmation of creating things, even in (or especially in) the midst of uncertainty. 

JUSTIN JESTY is Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington, where he researches the relationship between visual arts and social movements in postwar Japan and teaches on Japanese film, modern literature, and post-1945 art.

Friday, August 18th, 7:00 PM
Guest Lecture with Yoshitaka Mori
"Alternative Spaces in Tokyo and their Inter-Asia Networks"

We are witnessing the rise of alternative spaces everywhere in Asia. How should we understand this phenomenon? We may be able to see the increase of places and the construction of their transnational network as practices following the "spacial turn" in social theory. Let us consider the practices of places within an emerging political, social and cultural context.

YOSHITAKA MORI is Professor in Sociology and Cultural Studies at Tokyo University of the Arts. He received a BA in Economics at Kyoto University, an MA in Media and Communications and Ph.D. in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, London. His research interests are postmodern culture, media, art, the city and transnationalism. 

Sunday, August 27th, 5:00 - 9:00 PM
End of Summer Artists Open Studio

Join us at Yale Union for our culminating open studio event, in which each of this year's Artists In Residence will showcase their individual projects and research conducted during their stay in Portland.

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