Panel: “Fantasy, Fairy Tales, and Feminism: The Work of Miwa Yanagi” This Saturday at the Chelsea Art Museum in NYC

A panel discussion with Peggy Orenstein, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Manon Slome and Miwa Yanagi will be held at the Chelsea Art Museum this Saturday, May 5th from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Entitled “FANTASY, FAIRY TALES, AND FEMINISM:The Work of Miwa Yanagi” is being held in conjuction with opening weekend of the exhibition “MIWA YANAGI: Deutsche Bank Collection.”

Space is limited. RSVP required by Thursday, May 3 to: Ashley Gorski: ashley.gorski@db.com or 212.250.0598 (call to see if space is still available after that date).

About the Panel:
“By creating hybrids of fantasy and reality, Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi challenges traditional narratives and perceptions of women’s roles. Four professionally acclaimed women will address issues related to the unique photographs of Miwa Yanagi and their relationship to Western and Japanese culture. Their perspectives will also resonate in the context of several important exhibitions currently on view in the US that are reopening dialogue about art and feminism. Panel participants include Peggy Orenstein, author, editor and New York Times essayist; Anne Tucker, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Manon Slome, Chief Curator at the Chelsea Art Museum, Home of The Miotte Foundation; and Miwa Yanagi.

From sociological, art historical, and personal perspectives, the panelists will touch on topics such as representations of gender, body image, and age in the media and in consumer culture. Specific to Miwa Yanagi’s work are references to fairy tales, film and literature, which point out how these traditional forms have shaped our collective psyches and contributed to the social and political perceptions of women. Audience members should look forward to a robust discussion and the opportunity to hear the artist speak about her own very engaging work. There will be a Q & A after the presentation.”

About the Panelists:

Peggy Orenstein
Peggy Orenstein, internationally recognized writer, editor, and speaker, is author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, An Oscar, An Atomic Bomb, A Romantic Night, and One Woman’s Quest to Become a Mother. Her December 2006 article for the New York Times Magazine, “What’s Wrong with Cinderella?” details with humor and bathos her own struggle with her daughter’s desire to be a princess. She has written for other publications including Vogue and The New Yorker. Ms. Orenstein is also a past United States-Japan Foundation Media Fellow as well as a recipient of the Asian Cultural Council’s Arts in Japan Fellowship.

Anne Wilkes Tucker
Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wartham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. As the founding curator, she has overseen the growth of the collection to over 22,000 works and has organized numerous acclaimed exhibitions. Considered a premier expert on photography, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Getty Center. She was honored by TIME Magazine in 2001 as “America’s Best Curator.” Her essay, “Three Views/ One Eye: Miwa Yanagi’s Perception of Women” is available in the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue.

Manon Slome (Moderator)
Manon Slome has been the Chief Curator of the Chelsea Art Museum since it was founded over four years ago. During that time she has curated and resided over 30 exhibitions including Anxiety, Surface Tension, From the Poster to the Street, Courtney Smith, Jean Miotte: Spirit of Defiance, Michael Bevilacqua: Drawing under the Influence and, most recently, Dangerous Beauty. Previously at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, she curated Africa: The Art of a Continent, and China: 5000 Years, in addition to the exhibition, The Art of the Motorcycle, at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. She is a past Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her essay “Miwa Yanagi: Where do you go to my lovely..?” is available in the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue.

Miwa Yanagi
Artist Miwa Yanagi was born in Kobe, Japan in 1967 and graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in museums and Bienials worldwide, including Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, the Ludwig Museum, Budapest, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and the Sydney Bienial, Australia. Her work is currently included in the current Global Feminisms exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

The exhibition “Miwa Yanagi: Deutsche Bank Collection” opens at the Chelsea Art Museum, Home of The Miotte Foundation, in New York on May 4 and runs through August 25, 2007.

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