Center For the Arts

Center for the Arts

Wesleyan University
283 Washington Terrace
Middletown, CT 06459

860-685-3355
cfa@wesleyan.edu

Center for the Arts

Current Exhibitions

A Body in Fukushima

Wednesday February 4, 2015 - Saturday May 23, 2015

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery 
283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Wednesday February 4, 2015 - Sunday March 1, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015 – Saturday, May 23, 2015
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm
Friday, May 22, 2015 from Noon to 9pm 
Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 9am to 4pm 
(Closed Sunday, May 24, 2015)
FREE!

$_SerializerTool.serialize(${title}, true)"Eiko in Fukushima, Komagamine No. 146, 17 January 2014," digital photo, 13.3" x 20", photo by William Johnston.


A Body in Fukushima
is a haunting series of color photographs and videos presented in a groundbreaking exhibition across all three of Wesleyan’s galleries. Last year, dancer-choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer-historian William Johnston followed abandoned train tracks through desolate stations into eerily vacant towns and fields in Fukushima, Japan. Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the explosions of the Daiichi nuclear plant made the area uninhabitable. Sometimes in vulnerable gestures and at other times in a fierce dance, Ms. Otake embodies grief, anger, and remorse. Mr. Johnston’s crystalline images capture her with the cries of the Fukushima landscapes. “By placing my body in these places,” she says, “I thought of the generations of people who used to live there. I danced so as not to forget.” A project of witness, remembrance, and empathy, A Body in Fukushima grapples with the reality of human failure. As Mr. Johnston writes, “By witnessing events and places, we actually change them and ourselves in ways that may not always be apparent but are important.”

William Johnston is Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Wesleyan, and Eiko Otake is Visiting Artist in the Dance Department and the College of East Asian Studies. 

Watch a conversation with the artists here.

Read reflections about the exhibiton here.

Wednesday, February 4 through Thursday, March 5, 2015
Tuesday-Sunday Noon-4pm
Davison Art Center
Clare I. Rogan, Curator
FREE!

Wednesday, February 4 through Sunday, May 24, 2015
Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
Closed Friday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 24, 2015
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center
Patrick Dowdey
, Curator
FREE!


Artist Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston - Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 5:30pm in CFA Hall. Snow date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015. FREE!

Gallery Tours and Opening Receptions - Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm, walking tour of the three galleries starting from the CFA Hall at 6pm. Snow date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015. FREE!

Lecture by Richard J. Samuels: 3.11—Disaster and Change in Japan - Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center, College of East Asian Studies. FREE!

Eiko Otake: A Body in a Library - Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10pm in Olin Library Lobby, 252 Church Street, Middletown. FREE!

The Universal Flute: Old and New Music for the Shakuhachi - Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 8pm in the Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center, College of East Asian Studies. Featuring Ralph Samuelson MA ’71 and Eiko Otake. FREE!

Exhibition Reboot and Gallery Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston - Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Noon in the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center. FREE!

Artist Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston - Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 11am to Noon, CFA Hall. FREE!




Thesis Art Exhibition

Tuesday April 28, 2015 - Saturday May 23, 2015
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm
Friday, May 22, 2015 from Noon to 9pm
Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 9am to 4pm
(Closed on Sunday, May 24, 2015) 
FREE!
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Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2015’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair.


Reception: Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm; Curator Talk at 2:30pm.

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