There are currently two very different Japanese art exhibits at Harvard that folks should check out. Both are free and open to the public.
One is Dr. David Odo's From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs. I thought I missed this exhibit because it was originally scheduled through September 27th but the next exhibit fell through so Dr. Odo's exhibit was extended. It is located on the lower level of the CGIS South building which houses the Harvard University Asia Center and the The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, co-sponsors of the exhibit along with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University. Make sure to continue around the corner at the back of the building. The exhibit is spread out over much of the lower level. Two copies of Dr. Odo's book The Journey of “A Good Type”: From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs are also available to browse near the stairs. The Concourse is home to rotating exhibits. In the past they have used it to display a traditional Japanese tea house, part of an exhibit on the "tools, traditions, techniques, and woods of traditional Japanese carpentry."
When: Through Tuesday, January 5, 2016, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (although I was told the building is actually open from 7am - 7pm)
Location: Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South, Lower Level, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138
The other exhibit is teamLab at Radcliffe: What a Loving and Beautiful World, an interactive exhibit by Japanese creative collective teamLab. Note that this is only open until mid-November.
When: Through Saturday,
Location: Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
- The Harvard Crimson: Curator Discusses Link Between Photography and Culture
- The Harvard Crimson: 'What a Loving and Beautiful World' Brings Digital Art to Radcliffe
- The Boston Globe: Japanese collective teamLab enchants at Radcliffe Institute
- Boston Magazine: Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute Displays a Touch-Sensitive Digital Artwork