“HOME” is an exhibit that explores the meaning and influence of home from the perspective of Japanese students. The exhibit will showcase artwork created by the students of the “Art Thinking” project team at Tohoku University of Art & Design (TUAD) in Japan. This is their sixth annual international friendship project bringing their art exhibition and hands-on activity programs to Boston.
Using the theme home, the artists encourage Museum visitors to explore how home shapes identity, a sense of belonging, and responsibility toward others. This gallery exhibition asks the visitors “What is the definition of home to you?” and “What makes your home special?” In this gallery exhibition, located next to the Museum’s Japanese House exhibit, an authentic 100-year old house from Kyoto, Japan, the artworks share the ideas of today’s multifaceted youth culture of Japan, and demonstrate each individual’s thoughts and narratives.
Akemi Chayama, the Museum’s Japan Program Manager said, “Creating a space of such experience for our visitors is important to understanding Japan today, especially in a historic house exhibit like the Japanese House which tends to heavily present more traditional cultural elements. The exhibit will expose our visitors to the complexity of how various identities develop within a culture today.”
The Art Thinking project is part of TUAD’s school curricula and research to create a space for community building through art experience. Artists in this show are students from the Tohoku region of Japan, where many of them witnessed and experienced the loss of homes and hometowns during the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Through the art, these students search for the meaning of home and welcome Museum visitors to share ideas.
The Art Thinking project (芸術思考) is the concept research project that aims to bring use of arts as a fundamental tool in daily life practice, as well as non-art discipline learning in Japan. The project leader, Ms. Ariga, and her team of students demonstrate this by developing this exhibit and program and by creating a space for community building, both local and international. Artists in this show are students from the Tohoku region of Japan, where many of them witnessed and experienced the loss of homes and hometowns during the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Through the art, these students search for the meaning of home and welcome Museum visitors to share ideas.
Special thanks to Ms. Minatsu Ariga and her Art Thinking/Art in Life team as well as their friend artists!
The exhibit will run from Friday, March 2 – Sunday, September 30.