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Yeewan Koon; Mika Yoshitake


On Yoshitomo Nara

A Conversation with Yeewan Koon & Mika Yoshitake

Thursday, Oct 15, 2020
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On the occasion of Yoshitomo Nara's exhibitions After all I'm cosmic dust in New York and Yoshitomo Nara at LACMA, we are pleased to present a conversation between author Yeewan Koon and LACMA curator Mika Yoshitake.

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On Yoshitomo Nara: A Conversation with Yeewan Koon & Mika Yoshitake
Thursday, Oct 15, 2020

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Yoshitomo Nara by Yeewan Koon, published by Phaidon © 2020 Phaidon

Yeewan Koon

Professor Yeewan Koon is Chair of the Department of Art History at The University of Hong Kong. She is the author of Yoshitomo Nara, the first major monograph on the artist, published by Phaidon Press. In 2018, she was selected as one of the curators for the Gwangju Biennale and she is currently preparing an exhibition on Hong Kong art as a satellite event of the Helsinki Biennale.

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Installation view, Yoshitomo Nara, LACMA, Los Angeles, 2020 © Yoshitomo Nara

Mika Yoshitake

Mika Yoshitake is an independent curator with expertise in postwar Japanese art. She earned her MA and PhD in Art History from UCLA, which culminated in the AICA-USA award-winning exhibition Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha (2012) at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. Recent curatorial projects include Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s (2019) at Blum & Poe and Topologies (2018) at The Warehouse in Dallas, TX. Currently, Yoshitake is guest curator of Yoshitomo Nara (2020), an international retrospective originating at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature (2021) at New York Botanical Garden, and forthcoming exhibitions at M+ Hong Kong (2022) and Hammer Museum (2024). Formerly curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2011–18), where she curated Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (2017–19), Shana Lutker: Le “New” Monocle, Chapters 1–3 (2015–16), Days of Endless Time (2014) among other exhibitions, she also helped organize Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity (2011) at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and © MURAKAMI (2007–09) at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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