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March 11, 2021 8:00 pm
Season 3

A Conversation on Art & Healing: US Exhibition Premiere of “Memento Mori”

with Duke Boston, Duke Asian Alumni Alliance, DEMAN Boston & Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Fashion & Fine Arts
Yuri Shimojo, “Sakura 桜” (detail), 2013. Watercolor, 52" x 38" (132cm x 96cm).

Join us for an exclusive virtual preview of Yuri Shimojo’s “Memento Mori,” a monumental painting series premiering in the US on the tenth anniversary of the Japanese Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis. Meet Yng-Ru Chen ’01, owner of the Boston-based Praise Shadows Art Gallery; Yuri Shimojo, the artist; and Gennifer Weisenfeld, professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, as they discuss Shimojo’s exhibition and Chen’s journey from Duke University to the international art world, including Sotheby’s and MoMA.

Dedicated to the memory of the lives lost in the disaster and considered Shimojo’s most significant work to date, “Memento Mori” has only been shown in the Japanese cities Kyoto (2013) and Tokyo (2014)—until now. This event will also feature a preview of the artist’s new mixed media installation dedicated to the victims of Tōhoku, as well as the millions of lives lost around the world to COVID‑19. The panel’s exploration of the artist’s response to the 21st-century universal human condition will illuminate how empathy and resilience are born out of crisis.


  • Yng-Ru Chen ’01, Founder and CEO, Praise Shadows Art Gallery
  • Yuri Shimojo, Artist
  • Dr. Gennifer Weisenfeld, Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

About DEMAN Live

We know that finding a job/internship in all industries during these unprecedented times is confusing and stressful. We are here to help with DEMAN Live—a new Zoom series featuring conversations with alumni working in creative industries to help students and alumni navigate careers and opportunities during this time.