Dr. Yasufumi Nakamori, associate curator of photography for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be the guest speaker for the 2013 Lockmiller Lecture in Art History on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Estep Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.
Nakamori’s talk, called For a New World to Come: Experiments in Art and Photography from 1970s Japan is based on his research for the last three years for a proposed exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, with the same title.
He will trace the emergence and development of conceptual and experimental uses of the camera in Japanese art and photography between 1968 and 1978.
Nakamori will discuss the specific nature of the photographic works, including a photographic installation, photographic mural and a 16mm film projection in the context of post-World War II Japanese art. He will also situate them within the larger discourse of postwar global art history, in particular conceptual art.
In addition to his position at the Museum of Fine Arts, Nakamori teaches the history of modern Japanese art and architecture at Rice University. In his scholarship, he has a particular interest in how photography shapes and mediates our experiences and understanding of space and the built environment as well as the making of cities, landscapes and buildings.
His 2010 publication Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photography by Ishimoto Yasuhiro (Yale University Press in association with the Museum of Fine Arts) won a 2011 Alfred H. Barr Jr. award from the College Art Association.
This lecture was established, through an endowment in honor of David Lockmiller and his interest in art history. Lockmiller is the father of former ECU professor Dr. Carlotta Lockmiller.
The lecture is free and open to the public.