Lecturer to discuss Modernism in Japanese Architecture April 2

A diverse group of architectural design and academic leaders will share their knowledge, portfolios and philosophies during the Texas A&M Department of Architecture’s 2012 Spring Lecture Series.

The lectures, open to the public, are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. in Preston Geren Auditorium, located in building B of the Langford Architecture Center.

Yasufumi Nakamori, associate curator of photography at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts and lecturer at Rice University’s Department of Art History, will appear April 2.

He is the author of “Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture: Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro” for which he won the 2011 Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions. The book revisits a collection of photographs of an elegant 17th-century imperial villa in Kyoto that foreshadows Western Modern design.

Nakamori’s recent publications include “Utopia/Dystopia: Construction and Destruction in Photography and Collage,” “Tange Kenzo’s Early Snapshots and the Tradition Debate,” a forthcoming anthology of writings on the architect Tange Kenzo, and “Kawazoe Noboru: Shinkenchiku and the Tradition Debate.”

He is working on a book-length manuscript on architect Isozaki Arata’s writings and participation in avant-garde art and architecture movements in 1960s Japan. His next exhibition will focus on the emergence of experimental and conceptual use of the camera in Japanese art from 1968 to 1978.

See complete line-up for the 2012 Lecture Series.

posted March 21, 2012