End of Summer begins its third year of programming in August 2018. 


Lecture Series:

"A Genealogy of Nonsense"

Guest Lecture with Gabriel Ritter
Curator, Head of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

August 12th 2018, 6:00 PM
Yale Union
800 SE 10th Ave

Within the Japanese vernacular the word “nonsense” has assumed various meanings throughout modern history, often being associated with radical expression that presented a challenge to the dominant discourse of the moment. In the early 1930s, “nonsense” was incorporated into the catch-all phrase ero guro nansensu which the Japanese mass media used to label decadent and salacious popular culture (literature, film, theater) that was viewed as a threat to traditional family values. Then in the 1960s, “nonsense” became the rally cry for the disaffected youth of Japan’s student protest movement to express their frustration with the current political and social situation at home and abroad. The rebellious and anti-establishment spirit evoked by the word “nonsense” from Japan’s past lives on today, reincarnated and rearticulated by a diverse group of young artists. Their work simultaneously reflects the precedent set by the “nonsense” of the 1930s—mislabeled as absurd and meaningless by the dominant discourse—while dismissing the dominant discourse itself as pure “nonsense,” reminiscent of the protest tactics of the 1960s. Using these historical precedents as its starting point, this lecture proposes the idea of “nonsense” as a critical framework linking Japan’s postwar avant-garde with contemporary art practices in Japan. This narrative aims at foregrounding socially engaged, politically conscious work that openly questions the status-quo and the power structures that shape daily life in Japan.

"Wilderness as Method, Contemporaneity as Method"

Guest Lecture with Reiko Tomii
Independent scholar / Co-director, PoNJA-GenKon

August 19th 2018, 6:00 PM
Yale Union
800 SE 10th Ave

Based on her recent publication, Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan (MIT Press, 2016), Dr. Tomii will outline two basic concepts “wilderness” and “contemporaneity” as key methodological frameworks to construct local and global art histories. First and foremost an artist’s strategy, “wilderness” was inventively and imaginatively exploited by three protagonists of her study, Matsuzawa Yutaka, a pioneer conceptualist in central Japan; The Play, a Happeners’ collective in Osaka; and GUN, a politically aware group in Niigata. “Contemporaneity,” a geo-historical concept derived from the Japanese notion of kokusaiteki dōjisei (international contemporaneity), offers an art-historian’s strategy. To narrate a world art history of postwar practices, she has proposed such theoretical and methodological terms as “connection,” “resonance,” and “similar yet dissimilar” among others. She will demonstrate their application by focusing on the stone-based works of Mono-ha and conceptualism around 1970.

End of Summer Artists Open Studio:

August 26th 2018, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Yale Union
800 SE 10th Ave

Please join us on August 26th for our culminating program event, an Open Studio with the 2018 End of Summer Artists in Residence. The studios at Yale Union, in which the artists will have worked from, will be open to the public. The artists will be sharing with visitors the artwork and research created and conducted during their stay.