Jiro Yoshihara, Courtesy of Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka

15 Dec 2020

Positioning Gutai in Global Art History

"Let's Make Mischief!"
Ming Tiampo
Paris, France
The École des modernités At the Institut Giacometti

This lecture introduces the Gutai group’s art of independent thinking—their exciting innovations in performance, conceptualism, sound, and participatory art—and demonstrates how they were dismissed when presented within Eurocentric art historical structures. It considers how Gutai was positioned in Global Art History, beginning with how the group itself connected with art worlds in New York, Paris, Turin, Johannesburg and Capetown, as well as demonstrating the theoretical and curatorial shifts that enabled them to emerge as a paradigmatic movement that has functioned as a pressure point that decenters modernism, worlds Paris, and changes how we think about fundamental artistic categories.

Photo © Ming Tiampo

Ming Tiampo is Professor of Art History, and founding member of the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis at Carleton University. She is interested in transcultural models and histories that provide new structures for understanding and reconfiguring the global. She has published on Japanese modernism, global modernisms, and diaspora. In 2011 she published Gutai: Decentering Modernism (University of Chicago Press, 2011). In 2013, she was co-curator of “Gutai: Splendid Playground” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She is currently working on two projects, Transnational Cities, which theorizes the scale of the urban as a mode of reimagining transcultural intersections and the historical conditions of global modernism, and Intersecting Modernisms, a collaborative sourcebook on global modernism.Tiampo is an associate member at ici Berlin, and a founding member of TrACE, the Transnational and Transcultural Arts and Culture Exchange network.


Tuesday 15th of December 2020 - 6:30pm (CET - Paris time) 
Online Lecture in English on Zoom

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Ming TIAMPO - Situer Gutai dans l'histoire de l'art globale

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