Theaster Gates: Afro-Mingei


April 24, 2024


Mori Art Museum
53F, Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower
Tokyo, Japan

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The first-ever solo show in Japan by Theaster Gates (2012 Awardee), Afro-Mingei imagines the possibilities of combining Black aesthetics and Japanese craft philosophies to create hybrid-culture futures.

Afro-Mingei traces Gates’s deep encounters with ceramic histories in Japan and across the Asia-Pacific, coupled with his experiences as an African-American man with roots in Mississippi and Chicago. Reflecting on the “Black Is Beautiful” movement in the U.S. and the #Mingei movement in Japan, the exhibition celebrates the power of cultural cross-pollination.

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