Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World

Past Exhibition

Perseverance

Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World originated at the Japanese American National Museum and was on display March 8–September 14, 2014. The exhibition is now traveling to other venues. See below for information about confirmed venues and dates.

Interested in booking this exhibition? Download the travel fact sheet.

 

TRAVELING EXHIBITION SITES

 

Current/Upcoming Venues

Please check back for additional venues.

 

Past Venues

 

Towson University

February 5 – May 2, 2015

Asian Arts Gallery
Center for the Arts
Towson, MD 21252

Web: towson.edu
Phone: 410.704.2787

 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

May 29 – November 29, 2015

200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220

Web: vmfa.museum
Phone: 804.340.1405

 

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

February 26 – May 8, 2016

4000 Morikami Park Rd.
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Web: morikami.org
Phone: 561.495.0233

 

Middlebury College Museum of Art

June 10 – August 7, 2016

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury, VT 05753

Web: museum.middlebury.edu
Phone: 802.443.5007

 

The Japan Foundation, Sydney

September 28 – November 12, 2016

Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008
AUSTRALIA

Web: jpf.org.au
Phone: 02.8239.0055

 

Newcastle Museum

February 9 – April 30, 2017

6 Workshop Way
Newcastle NSW 2300
AUSTRALIA

Web: newcastlemuseum.com.au
Phone: 02.4974.1400

 

Canterbury Museum

May 20 – August 13, 2017

Rolleston Ave.
Christchurch 8013
NEW ZEALAND

Web: canterburymuseum.com
Phone: +64 3 366 5000

 

Immigration Museum

May 24, 2019 – February 2, 2020

400 Flinders St.
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 AUSTRALIA

Web: museumsvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum
Phone: 13 11 02
Outside Australia: +61 3 8341 7777

March 08 - September 14, 2014

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices in this groundbreaking photographic exhibition.

As Japanese tattoos have moved into the mainstream, the artistry and legacy of Japanese tattooing remain both enigmatic and misunderstood. Often copied by practitioners and aficionados in the West without regard to its rich history, symbolism, or tradition, the art form is commonly reduced to a visual or exotic caricature. Conversely, mainstream Japanese culture still dismisses the subject itself as underground, associating it more with some of its clientele than with the artists practicing it. Both of these mindsets ignore the vast artistry and rich history of the practice.

Although tattooing is largely seen as an underground activity in Japan, Japanese tattoo artists have pursued their passions, applied their skills, and have risen to become internationally acclaimed artists. Through the endurance and dedication of these tattoo artists, Japanese tattooing has also persevered and is now internationally renowned for its artistry, lineage, historical symbolism, and skill.

Curated by Takahiro Kitamura and photographed and designed by Kip Fulbeck, Perseverance is a groundbreaking exhibition and the first of its kind. Perseverance explores Japanese tattooing as an art form by acknowledging its roots in ukiyo-e prints. This exhibition also examines current practices and offshoots of Japanese tattooing in the U.S. and Japan.

Perseverance features the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists, Horitaka, Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken, along with tattoo works by selected others. Through the display of a variety of photographs, including life-sized pictures of full body tattoos, these artists cover a broad spectrum of the current world of Japanese tattooing.

 

Premier Sponsor
Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman

Patron Sponsors
Perseverance Patron sponsors

Friends
LSTattooMuseum.com
Pasadena Art Alliance Pasadena Art Alliance
UCSB Academic Senate
UCSB Department of Art

Supporters
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Richard Ross
Samy’s Camera
Spoonflower, Inc.
Target
Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation

Media Sponsor
The Rafu Shimpo

 

 

Now Traveling!

Check the Venues page to see where the exhibition is traveling.

 

Interested in booking this display? Download the travel fact sheet.

#janmtattooshow

March 08 - September 14, 2014

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices in this groundbreaking photographic exhibition.

As Japanese tattoos have moved into the mainstream, the artistry and legacy of Japanese tattooing remain both enigmatic and misunderstood. Often copied by practitioners and aficionados in the West without regard to its rich history, symbolism, or tradition, the art form is commonly reduced to a visual or exotic caricature. Conversely, mainstream Japanese culture still dismisses the subject itself as underground, associating it more with some of its clientele than with the artists practicing it. Both of these mindsets ignore the vast artistry and rich history of the practice.

Although tattooing is largely seen as an underground activity in Japan, Japanese tattoo artists have pursued their passions, applied their skills, and have risen to become internationally acclaimed artists. Through the endurance and dedication of these tattoo artists, Japanese tattooing has also persevered and is now internationally renowned for its artistry, lineage, historical symbolism, and skill.

Curated by Takahiro Kitamura and photographed and designed by Kip Fulbeck, Perseverance is a groundbreaking exhibition and the first of its kind. Perseverance explores Japanese tattooing as an art form by acknowledging its roots in ukiyo-e prints. This exhibition also examines current practices and offshoots of Japanese tattooing in the U.S. and Japan.

Perseverance features the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists, Horitaka, Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken, along with tattoo works by selected others. Through the display of a variety of photographs, including life-sized pictures of full body tattoos, these artists cover a broad spectrum of the current world of Japanese tattooing.

 

Premier Sponsor
Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman

Patron Sponsors
Perseverance Patron sponsors

Friends
LSTattooMuseum.com
Pasadena Art Alliance Pasadena Art Alliance
UCSB Academic Senate
UCSB Department of Art

Supporters
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Richard Ross
Samy’s Camera
Spoonflower, Inc.
Target
Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation

Media Sponsor
The Rafu Shimpo

 

 

Now Traveling!

Check the Venues page to see where the exhibition is traveling.

 

Interested in booking this display? Download the travel fact sheet.

#janmtattooshow

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