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    Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows

    October 6, 2015–February 21, 2016

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    dress on light table

    ひろしま/hiroshima #9 (Ogawa Ritsu), 2007, Ishiuchi Miyako, chromogenic print. Courtesy of and © Ishiuchi Miyako

  • girl running on the street

    Yokosuka Story #98, 1976-77, Ishiuchi Miyako, gelatin silver print. Collection of the Yokohama Museum of Art. © Ishiuchi Miyako. Digital file © Yokohama Museum of Art

  • girl in apartment

    Apartment #19, 1977-78, Ishiuchi Miyako, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of and © Ishiuchi Miyako

  • hands

    1 · 9 · 4 · 7 #61, 1988-89, Ishiuchi Miyako, gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © Ishiuchi Miyako

  • scar

    Scars #45 (Illness 1955), 2000, Ishiuchi Miyako, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of and © Ishiuchi Miyako

  • red shoes

    Mother’s #57, 2004, Ishiuchi Miyako, chromogenic print. Courtesy of and © Ishiuchi Miyako

Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows

October 6, 2015–February 21, 2016, Getty Center

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In the 1970s Ishiuchi Miyako shocked Japan’s male-dominated photography establishment with Yokosuka Story, a gritty, deeply personal project about the city where she spent her childhood and where the United States established a naval base in 1945. Working prodigiously ever since, Ishiuchi has consistently fused the personal and political in her photographs, interweaving her own identity with the complex history of postwar Japan that emerged from the shadows cast by American occupation.

This exhibition is the first in the United States to survey Ishiuchi’s prolific career and will include photographs, books, and objects from her personal archive. Beginning with Yokosuka Story (1977-78), the show traces her extended investigation of life in postwar Japan and culminates with her current series ひろしま/hiroshima, on view seventy years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

The J. Paul Getty Museum thanks the Japan Foundation and Shiseido Co., Ltd., for their support of this exhibition.

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A variety of special programs complement the exhibition. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or see information on planning a visit.

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Fragility in Photos: A Photographer's Intimate Study of the Body and Soul

A captivating behind-the-lens discussion between photographer Ishiuchi Miyako and Ito Hiromi, a poet and the subject of Ishiuchi’s series Hiromi 1955.
Friday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.
Japan Foundation Los Angeles

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Ishiuchi Miyako in Conversation

Photographer Ishiuchi Miyako discusses her work and career with Christopher Phillips, curator at the International Center of Photography in New York.
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Things Left Behind

Renowned photographer Ishiuchi Miyako and her project ひろしま/hiroshima are the focus of the film Things Left Behind. Filmmaker Linda Hoaglund uses the 2011 exhibition of ひろしま/hiroshima at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver as context for her compelling documentary, which weaves together visitor responses to the exhibition with interviews that feature Ishiuchi. Running time is 80 minutes.
Saturday, October 10, 11:00 a.m., 1:00, and 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center: Museum Lecture Hall

Gordon Getty Concert: OOIOO

In a rare U.S. appearance, Japan's OOIOO brings the powerful and joyous energy of its unique musical language to the Getty Center. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, a founding member of pioneering noise rock band Boredoms, the group has subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music, making OOIOO a definitive example of artistically adventurous women working in music today. Tickets $20.
Saturday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.
Getty Center: Harold M. Williams Auditorium

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Curator's Gallery Tour

Amanda Maddox, assistant curator of photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a tour of the exhibitions Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows and The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography. Meet under the stairs in the Entrance Hall.
Thursday, October 22 and November 19, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 22, 2:30 p.m.
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Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows

Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows
Amanda Maddox
(Hardcover, $49.95)

Recipient of the prestigious Hasselblad Award in 2014, Ishiuchi ranks as one of the most important photographers working in Japan today. The first major English-language publication that reviews her career, this richly illustrated publication showcases her incredible talent.


Ishiuchi Miyako in Conversation

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