Midori Yamamura, Asian American Studies
Professor Yamamura (PhD CUNY Graduate Center) specializes in post-WWII Asian art in transnational context, feminism, and critical theory. Her dissertation is a pioneering study of the Japanese-born female artist Yayoi Kusama through a comparative examination of artistic developments in Japan, the U.S., and Europe. Among various distinctions, she has been the recipient of Predoctoral Fellowships from the Smithsonian American Museum Terra Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Center for Place Culture and Politics at CUNY, and the Ford Foundation travel grant. She was a curator of the international section of Tokyo Municipal Government’s Faret Tachikawa Project (1994) and Grapefruit: Yoko Ono in 1964 (2004). This spring, she will be co-curating an exhibition, War is for the Living that centers on mostly ethnic Asian artists working in the United States and examines humanities that come out of war. She was a contributor to the 2011 Tate Modern catalogue, Yayoi Kusama and the main author of the Boijman’s Museum catalogue Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years (2009). Her article appeared in Woman’s Art Journal (fall/winter 2012). Since 2004, she has been a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, and has given talks at Frick Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, UCLA Hammer Museum, Nam June Pike Art Center (Korea), and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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