Screening and discussion of Arakawa's Why Not (A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology) at National Sawdust, Brooklyn, New York.
Monday, October 16, 2017, 7PM ET.
Join Reversible Destiny Foundation and Dillon + Lee as they host a film screening of Arakawa’s Why Not: A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology (1969). Renowned for his paintings, drawings, and prints, as well as innovative architectural constructions, Arakawa was one of the earliest practitioners of the international Conceptual art movement of the 1960s. His wide range of experimentation extended into filmmaking. Why Not is a surrealistic exploration, by a young female protagonist, of both her psychological and physical realms, shot entirely within an enclosed space of an apartment (Arakawa’s studio). The screening is a rare opportunity to see it in full, in the backdrop of the innovative venue of National Sawdust. Film introduction by Miwako Tezuka (Consulting Curator of Reversible Destiny Foundation) and Diana Lee (Partner of Dillon + Lee Gallery). Post-screening discussion and Q&A with Peter Katz (Executive Director of Reversible Destiny Foundation) and Jay Sanders (Artists Space Executive Director and Chief Curator).
This screening is a participating program of the 12th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) (Oct 5–26, 2017), alongside 30 leading New York and Asia-based museums and galleries presenting cutting-edge exhibitions, provocative public programs, and festive networking receptions across New York City; in addition to ACAW curated signature forum for arts professionals: FIELD MEETING.
Peter Katz has led the Reversible Destiny Foundation as Executive Director since 2015. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at MoMA PS1 from 2011 to 2014 and also worked at the Neue Galerie, MoMA, and the Guggenheim in their finance and administration departments.
Diana Seo Hyung Lee is a New York City based writer, translator, and partner of Dillon + Lee. Her writing and translations have appeared in Flash Art, The Brooklyn Rail, ArtSlant, Degree Critical Blog, ArtAsiaPacific, Seaweed Journal, and The Forgetory, an online publication she helped start, where she currently serves as a contributing editor.
Jay Sanders is Director & Chief Curator of Artists Space in New York City. From 2012–17 he was the Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His recent exhibition "Calder: Hypermobility" is on view at the Whitney through October 23, 2017.
Miwako Tezuka is Consulting Curator of the Reversible Destiny Foundation since 2015. Formerly, she was Japan Society Gallery Director (2012–15) and Curator of Contemporary Art at Asia Society in New York (2005–12). Dr. Tezuka is also Co-Director of PoNJA-GenKon, an international network of scholars and curators in the field of post-1945 Japanese art.