Video still from "Point Reflection," 2023 (video). Courtesy the artist.

Exhibition, Performance, Talk

Aki Sasamoto Performance and Q&A at Queens Museum

February 17, 2024 – February 17, 2024
2:22 pm – 4:00 pm
Queens Museum

Asia Art Archive in America was honored to have shared a limited number of RSVP’s for artist Aki Sasamoto’s performance program at Queens Museum (QM) on Saturday 2/17. The performance was followed by a Q&A with Sasamoto and QM’s Head of Exhibitions and Curator, Hitomi Iwasaki. This event was part of Sasamoto’s current solo exhibition, Aki Sasamoto: Point Reflection, which will run through April 7th.

Aki Sasamoto: Point Reflection presents a selection of recent works and premieres a new performance by New York-based artist Aki Sasamoto. A unique synthesis of visual art and theatrical performance, Sasamoto’s work engages the banal and universal in human behavior through her eccentric sets of acts and monologues. For more information on the exhibition, please visit this link.

Aki Sasamoto (b. Kanagawa, Japan, 1980) is a New York-based artist working in performance, dance, installation, and video. She has had solo exhibitions and performances at venues including: Arts and Letters, New York (2023); Danspace Project, New York (2020); The Kitchen, New York (2017); and SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York (2015). Sasamoto has been included in group exhibitions including: 59th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2022); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2022); and Aichi Triennale, Aichi, Japan (2022); Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2022); Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India (2016); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2012); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Greater New York, MoMA/PS1, Long Island City, New York (2010); and the Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, among others. She was an artist in residence at Atelier Calder, Saché, France (2021) and is a recipient of the Calder Prize (2023). She is a professor at the Yale School of Art’s Sculpture Department.

Hitomi Iwasaki is Head of Exhibitions and Curator at the Queens Museum, and has been a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff since 1996. She has worked on landmark exhibitions, including Cai Guo Qiang (1997), Global Conceptualism: Points of Origins 1950s-1980s (1999–2001), Caribbean: Crossroad of the World (2012), and After Midnight: Indian Moderns and Contemporary Indian Art (2016). Hitomi has organized a number of group exhibitions and solo projects of emerging and mid-career artists including Johanna Unzueta, Daniel Bozhkov, Duke Riley, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Sable Elyse Smith, and many others. She also organized Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2011- 2018 (2018) and Christine Sun Kim: Time Owes Me Rest Again (2022). Her most recent publications include Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake (2018; Queens Museum and Dancing Fox Press/New York) and The Panorama Handbook: Thoughts and Visions On and Around the Panorama of the City of New York (2018, Queens Museum).

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