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A Conversation about Surrealism in Japan

Miryam Sas, professor of comparative literature and film studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Fault Lines: Cultural Memory and Japanese Surrealism and Experimental Arts in Postwar Japan, discusses Japanese surrealism with John Solt, author of Shredding the Tapestry of Meaning: The Poetry and Poetics of Kitasono Katue (1902—1978). Moderated by John Tain, assistant curator at the Getty Research Institute.

Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall

From the Streets of Tokyo to Snow Country: Hamaya Hiroshi and the Documentation of Japanese Life

A 1939 photo shoot in the snow country of northeastern Japan introduced photographer Hiroshi Hamaya to a different way of life, which profoundly moved the Tokyo native. Jonathan Reynolds, professor at Barnard College, discusses Hamayas efforts to document both Tokyos urban environment and the slower-paced ritual and community life of rural Japan.

Thursday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall

Studio Course

Surrealist Strategies: Chance, Irrationality and the Unconscious Mind

Unleash your inner surrealist with artist Stas Orlovski and educator Tuyet Bach in this daylong studio workshop exploring ideas and creative strategies championed by the movement. Participants experiment with a range of art materials and explore surrealist techniques including automatic drawing, decalcomania, frottage, photomontage, and pochoir. Games such as exquisite corpse highlight the important role of collaboration and play in the creative process.
Course fee $140 (includes lunch, materials, and parking).

Wednesday, April 24, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum Studios


Curator's Gallery Talks

Judy Keller, senior curator of Photographs, and Amanda Maddox, assistant curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, lead a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Wednesday, June 19, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 22, 2:30 p.m.


Film Series: In Tokyo

Tokyo serves as the moral and geographic backdrop in this six-part film series exploring the citys surface beauty and dark underbelly. This film series complements the exhibition Japan's Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto and examines the complexity of modern life in Japan during the careers of these influential and divergent artists.

Saturday, April 20, 4:00 p.m.: Mr. Thank You (1936, Hiroshi Shimizu)
Saturday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.: Drunken Angel (1948, Akira Kurosawa)
Sunday, April 21, 3:00 p.m.: Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
Saturday, April 27, 4:00 p.m.: Tokyo Drifter (1966, Seijun Suzuki)
Saturday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.: Street of Shame (1956, Kenji Mizoguchi)
Sunday, April 28, 3:00 p.m.: She and He (1963, Susumu Hani)

Harold M. Williams Auditorium

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Banner image, left: Title unknown (detail), 1945-50, Kansuke Yamamoto, gelatin silver print. Private collection, entrusted to Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, EX.2013.2.149. © Toshio Yamamoto. Right: New Years Visit with Jizo, Niigata Prefecture (detail), 1940, Hiroshi Hamaya, gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012.30.3. © Keisuke Katano