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Exclusive Curator-Led Tour & Tea Social @ Japan Society HQ

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333 East 47th Street

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Did you know that one of the earliest groups of Japanese natives to visit Western Europe were four Catholic-convert Japanese boys sent on a mission to experience western Christianity?

Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive after-hours tour and tea social inside Japan Society; situated in a beautiful Midtown East landmarked building, this cultural non-profit organization is celebrating its 110th Anniversary with an exhibition by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto that focuses on the boys' journey through Europe.

Led by Michael Chagnon, Ph.D., Curator of Exhibition Interpretation, our unique experience will include:

  • A private after-hours tour of Japan Society's Hiroshi Sugimoto's Gates of Paradise exhibition, with a world premiere series of monumental photographs by the artist, paired with masterpieces of east-west hybrid (nanban) art from 16th- and 17th-century Japan

  • A discussion around the Tenshō Embassy”, a program of religious, economic, political, and cultural interchange spurred by the Catholic Jesuit Mission in Asia

  • The in-depth story behind the boys' eight-year European sojourn through the papal and princely courts of western Europe, as well as key cultural destinations such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Pantheon in Rome.

  • A walk through the landmarked headquarters, where you'll witness stunning Japanese architecture against a backdrop of indoor gardens, reflecting pools, and a waterfall.


Afterward, we'll have a relaxing post-tour tea social with the curator, where attendees can mingle, ask questions, and reflect on the experience.

Click here to see pictures from one of our last visits to Japan Society!




About Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948, Tokyo, Japan) has defined what it means to be a multidisciplinary contemporary artist, blurring the lines between photography, painting, installation, and most recently, architecture. His iconic photographs have bridged Eastern and Western ideologies, tracing the origins of time and societal progress along the way. Preserving and picturing memory and time is a central theme of Sugimoto’s photography, including the ongoing series Dioramas (1976– ), Theaters (1978– ), and Seascapes (1980– ). In 1999, Deutsche Guggenheim commissioned and presented an exhibition of his series Portraits (1999– ). Sugimoto has organized and curated several exhibitions of his own work as well as traditional Japanese art, sometimes juxtaposing the two bodies of material in single exhibitions, such as History of History, which was co-organized with Japan Society (on view from September 23, 2005, to February 19, 2006) and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. His work is held in prestigious museums and collections worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; National Gallery, London; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Tate, London; and Smithsonian Institute of Art, Washington, D.C., among numerous others. The artist current institutional exhibtions include ‘The Sea and the Mirror,’ at Chateau La Coste, France, May 9 – September 3, 2017 and ‘Le Notti Bianche’ at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy, May 16 – October 1, 2017.




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