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Ayomi Yoshida: As Cherry Blossoms Fall

Poetic installation by renowned Japanese artist.

This event takes place each day from January 22nd, 2016 to March 9th, 2016.

Location: Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery

Contact: cchang

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Ayomi Yoshida: As Cherry Blossoms Fall

The cherry blossom or sakura is a beloved national symbol in Japan whose annual flowering has been celebrated since the 9th century. Festivals that used to take place in April now take place in March because of global warming, which has caused cherry trees to bloom earlier and earlier in the year. Japanese print and installation artist Ayomi Yoshida (b. 1958) wonders: will there come a time when the trees fail to bloom?

YEDOENSIS, a room-size installation series begun in 2008, reflects on the ephemerality of life that cherry blossoms symbolize. Comprised of thousands of tiny woodcut petals glued into place one by one, the on-site installation at the Perlman Teaching Museum required the help of a large team of assistants who joined Yoshida from Japan for the first weeks of January. The tedious, painstaking work is an exercise in the incomparability of human industry to nature. The artist also finds satisfaction and hope in seeing small individual acts amount to something much larger.

The Perlman has had the help of several departments across campus in welcoming our Japanese guests and wishes to thank: Art and Art History, Asian Languages and Literature, Asian Studies, and Cinema and Media Studies. The artist’s visit was sponsored in part by the Elizabeth Nason Distinguished Women Visitors Fund.

Prints by Yoshida’s former student assistants – Fumiko Hasegawa, Nao Masuda, Takako Sato, Emi Tanaka, and Norio Taniguchi – will be on view on the 4th floor of the Laurence McKinley Gould Library during the winter term.

This event occurs on:

  • Friday, January 22nd, 2016
  • Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
  • Sunday, January 24th, 2016
  • Monday, January 25th, 2016
  • Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
  • Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
  • Thursday, January 28th, 2016
  • Friday, January 29th, 2016
  • Saturday, January 30th, 2016
  • Sunday, January 31st, 2016
  • Monday, February 1st, 2016
  • Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
  • Thursday, February 4th, 2016
  • Friday, February 5th, 2016
  • Saturday, February 6th, 2016
  • Sunday, February 7th, 2016
  • Monday, February 8th, 2016
  • Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
  • Thursday, February 11th, 2016
  • Friday, February 12th, 2016
  • Saturday, February 13th, 2016
  • Sunday, February 14th, 2016
  • Monday, February 15th, 2016
  • Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
  • Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
  • Thursday, February 18th, 2016
  • Friday, February 19th, 2016
  • Saturday, February 20th, 2016
  • Sunday, February 21st, 2016
  • Monday, February 22nd, 2016
  • Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
  • Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
  • Thursday, February 25th, 2016
  • Friday, February 26th, 2016
  • Saturday, February 27th, 2016
  • Sunday, February 28th, 2016
  • Monday, February 29th, 2016
  • Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
  • Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
  • Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
  • Friday, March 4th, 2016
  • Saturday, March 5th, 2016
  • Sunday, March 6th, 2016
  • Monday, March 7th, 2016
  • Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
  • Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
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