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As Cherry Blossoms Fall: Ayomi Yoshida Artist Talk and Reception

Opening of winter 2016 exhibitions "As Cherry Blossoms Fall: Ayomi Yoshida" and "Falling Blossoms, Floating World"

Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Weitz 236 and Commons

Contact: cchang, Perlman Teaching Museum

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Cherry blossom festivals have been celebrated in Japan since the 9th century. Global warming has gradually shifted the flowering of cherry trees – and the celebrations – from April to March. Japanese print and installation artist Ayomi Yoshida (b. 1958) wonders: will there come a time when the trees stop blooming?

YEDOENSIS, a room-size installation series begun in 2008, is a meditation on this question. Yoshida will discuss the labor-intensive on-site process that involved over 20 volunteers who joined her from Japan, and the meaning behind the different elements. She will also reflect on the advantages and pressures of being descended from a well-known artistic family.

Yoshida's talk in room 236 will be followed by a reception in the atrium outside of the gallery doors.

The artist's visit was sponsored by the Elizabeth Nason Distinguished Women Visitors Fund. Program partners include Art & Art History, Asian Languages & Literature, Asian Studies, and Cinema & Media Studies.