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Beginning of the Edo Period with Bahama Kangaroos

September 10, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B

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Programmed by Tomo Yasuda

The sound of the koto, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument, provides the “soundtrack” for a live painting—a work of visual art completed as a public performance—by the duo the Bahama Kangaroos (artists Naoki Onodera and Yukako Ezoe Onodera). Shoko Hikage and Kanoko Nishi perform traditional works for koto ranging from the beginning of the Edo period to contemporary compositions. L.A.-based artist Sara Magenheimer contributes the first of four video loops created for this L@TE series. Tonight’s loop is a collaboration with sonic artist and musician Robert Stillman. Beginning of the Edo Period is programmed in conjunction with the exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons. L@TE programming coinciding with this exhibition is supported by Bonhams & Butterfields, Bonhams Japanese Art North America, the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, and the Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley.

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