New York-based curator Miwako Tezuka will take the helm as director of Japan Society’s Gallery from Joe Earle, who is stepping down Sept. 30.
Dr. Tezuka, a Columbia University alumna who specializes in contemporary Japanese art, has organized numerous exhibitions, the most recent of which was the Asia Society’s exhibition “Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool” in fall 2010, a major solo show of the work of Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara that garnered many positive reviews. This bodes well for Dr. Tezuka, as she has some big acts to follow when she begins her tenure at the Japan Society Gallery on July 2, 2012.
In recent years, the Japan Society Gallery has grabbed the attention of New York gallery-goers with a variety of head-turning shows. “Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art” in 2011 was voted “Best Show in a Non-Profit Gallery or Space” by the United States Section of the International Association of Art Critics. In 2009, the exhibition “Krazy! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games” was the second-best attended show ever to be held at Japan Society Gallery.
“Miwako is a well-regarded curator, who has an intimate knowledge of the New York art scene and a broad perspective of Japanese art in the global sphere,” said Motoatsu Sakurai, president of the Japan Society, in a statement. “We look forward to the vision she will bring to the gallery. Her track record of expanding the dialogue between traditional and contemporary art will amplify Japan Society’s status as one of America’s premier institutions for exhibitions of Japanese art.”