Center For the Arts

Center for the Arts

Wesleyan University
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Middletown, CT 06459


Center for the Arts

Eiko Otake and William Johnston — A Body in Fukushima: Recent Work

Thursday January 25, 2018 - Thursday February 15, 2018

South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery 
283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
NEW Extended Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Noon–7pm
Wednesday–Sunday, Noon–5pm
FREE! Open to the public.

$_SerializerTool.serialize(${title}, true)"Eiko in Fukushima, Tomioka Municipal Sanitation Plant, 26 June 2017, No 257," photo by William Johnston


Since their 2015 exhibition at Wesleyan from the ongoing project A Body in Fukushima, the dancer and performer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston have visited Fukushima on two more occasions in the summers of 2016 and 2017. This exhibition features new work from these two visits to the area devastated by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns of 2011 as well as from Eiko's performances this fall at the three different locations of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. At each, Eiko performed throughout the open hours projecting a video of images from Fukushima that did not repeat even a single picture. This exhibition at Wesleyan features the video footage she used in those performances and footage from the performances themselves. It also includes several large-scale photographs that Eiko and Johnston created in their two most recent trips to Fukushima.

Earlier exhibitions featuring work from A Body in Fukushima have been shown in numerous locations, including Jacob's Pillow, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, Brown University, Columbia University, Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral in Santiago, Chile, Gallery of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Eiko Otake is a dancer and performer who has received numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, Doris Duke Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Rauschenberg Residency. William Johnston is a photographer and Professor of History at Wesleyan University. For further information about this project, visit

Reception - Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 4pm, South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, FREE! Open to the public.

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