The 2nd Exhibition of " folding cosmos " will be held in New York City.
Saturday September 3 - Sunday September 11
Daily Hours: 2pm-5pm
Located at: Space 38|39 | 38 West 39th Street 3rd Floor, NYC, 10018 212.944.0944
September 10 | 3pm
Dr. Henry D. Smith II of Columbia University, with Makoto Fujimura, on “The One-Mat Room”
September 11 | 3pm
Makoto Fujimura of International Arts Movement on “Fallen Towers and the Art of Tea”
The Tale of A Miniature Universe | “Folding Cosmos”
To imply the idea of a miniature universe, we coined the name of this project “Folding Cosmos.”
Together, we will travel around the universe in the “ark”, in this case, expressed in the most minimal space found in a Japanese tea house: the alcove.
Takeshiro Matsuura, an explorer who lived in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate, used “The One-Mat Room,” a single tatami mat in an alcove in his final residence. This serves as the motif for our concept.
At the front of our alcove, we will host a tea party. The idea of appreciating the contemporary expressions of our artists over a cup of tea stems from the traditional tea ceremony in Japan, which treasures every meeting as a “once in a lifetime” experience.
By doing this, we would like to share not only the contemporary and traditional part of Japanese culture but also its view of the world and even its hidden miniature universes.
Originally, this was meant to remember the events of September 11, 2001. However, with the massive earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, and in light of the ongoing rehabilitation efforts there, this exhibit is now both a commemoration and symbol of hope for the rebuilding of those communities devastated by tragedy.
On September 10, 2011, we will have a special address given by Columbia University’s Dr. Henry Smith II, professor of Japanese History and author of Taizanso and the One-Mat Room.