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March 11, 2021 8:00–9:00 pm
DEMAN Live Conversation

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

Partnership with DukeCreate & DEMAN Live

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About the Workshop

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.

This event is presented in conjunction with Duke Boston, Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network (DEMAN), Duke Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies (AAHVS), Duke Asian Alumni Alliance (DAAA), Duke Student Wellness Center (DuWell), Duke Arts, DukeCreate, Duke Asian American & Diaspora Studies Program and Duke Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies.

About the Instructor

  • 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 the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom.

About DukeCreate

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are typically held weeknights 6-8pm.

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance. Registration for the following week’s DukeCreate workshops goes live on Friday mornings – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot!  Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).