Department of Art and Art History Calendar

Art History Lecture Series presents Reiko Tomii


Tomii is an independent art historian and curator and will present on the subject of the Gutai Art Association.

Currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Gutai Art Association is one of the most innovative collectives that arose in postwar Japan. Active from 1954 to 1972 and led by the charismatic leader Yoshihara JirĊ, Gutai left a phenomenal body of works that prefigured and resonated with the international movements, ranging from gestural abstraction to conceptualism, performance art to installation art, technology art to interactivity/relational aesthetics. This lecture offers a succinct yet penetrating overview on the group’s theory and practice and examines their global relevance.