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Please join the Brooklyn Museum in kicking off the first of a series
of Japanese-related events this spring.
In honor of the opening of two shows of Japanese art, the Target First
Saturday party on April 5, 2008, has a theme of "Japanimated! Arts and
Cultures of Japan."
This free event includes many exciting programs, including a Cosplay
photo contest, in which visitors come in costume as their favorite
anime or manga characters and have their photos by Museum staff. The
visitor with the best costume will be awarded an exhibition catalogue.
Other events include Japanese anime films, a poetry reading, guided
tours, and great dance party featuring Japan's top hip-hop DJ, Muro.
DJ Muro, also known as King of Diggin, will be spinning his signature
blend of hip-hop, funk, and soul, keeping the dance party grooving
until 11 pm. For more information on DJ Muro, please visit
These are just a few of the events that will be taking place on April
5. For a more complete list, please visit:
I am also excited to invite you to attend "Love and Pop: Contemporary
Visual Cultures in Japan and Beyond" on Saturday, April 12, 2008 from
12 5:30 p.m. The symposium explores the connections between Japanese
and American visual cultures and features presentation by graduate
students from a variety of disciplines.
At 12noon Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop
Culture Has Invaded the US will deliver the keynote address.
At 1 p.m. Katy Siegel, Associate Professor of Art History at Hunter
College, CUNY and a contributing editor to Artforum, will moderate the
panel "Consuming Desire: Superflat, Otaku, Kawaii and the Grotesque."
At 3:30 p.m. Aiko Nakagawa, street artist and a founding member of the
international artist collective Faile, will moderate the panel,
"Visual Release: Gender, Art, Representation and Exchange."
The day will also feature guided gallery tours. Love and Pop is free
with Museum admission.
Thank you very much, and we hope to see you at these events! Please
spread the word to your friends and colleagues. These are just the
first of a series of events highlighting Japanese art and culture. If
you would like to receive more information about these events, a PDF
flier with more information about the "Love and Pop" symposium, or to
be put on the Brooklyn Museum's events mailing list, please contact me
All the best,
Academic Programs Coordinator
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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