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Current Exhibition:

A Body in Fukushima

Tuesday February 3, 2015 - Thursday March 5, 2015
The DAC gallery is now closed. This next exhibition will open on February 3, 2015.
A Body in FukushimaWilliam Johnston, Eiko in Fukushima, Tomioka No. 1104, 22 July 2014. Digital photographic print, 13.3" x 20".

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. Eiko Otake is Visiting Artist in the Dance Department and the College of East Asian Studies.

Gallery hours

Press information

Additional venues:

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery 
Tuesday February 3, 2015 - Sunday March 1, 2015
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00-5:00 pm
283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut

College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center
Tuesday, February 3 - Sunday, May 24, 2015
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00-4:00 pm
Closed Friday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Related events:

Artists' talk, walking tour, and opening receptions
Thursday, February 5, 5:30-7:00 pm (snow date: Tuesday, February 10)
Artist conversation with Eiko and William Johnston, 5:30-6:00 pm, CFA Hall
A walking tour of the three galleries will start at the CFA Hall at 6:00 pm.
All three galleries will host receptions and be open for viewing, 6:00-7:00 pm.

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

Eiko Otake: A Body in Places
Monday, February 23, 10:00 pm
Olin Library Lobby, 252 Church Street, Middletown

The Universal Flute: Old and New Music for the Shakuhachi
Wednesday, April 1, 8:00 pm
Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center, College of East Asian Studies
Featuring Ralph Samuelson MA ’71 and Eiko Otake

Exhibition reboot and gallery talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston
Thursday, April 2, noon
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center

For more Davison Art Center events, please visit the FDAC blog.