Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan
June 12 - Aug. 25, 2012 | Fairgrounds
Soaring Voices included 87 contemporary ceramic works by 25 women artists from Japan. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center Executive Director Mary Ann Prior said the exhibition demonstrated an important cultural shift in Japanese society toward individual women artists becoming recognized in an artistic realm traditionally held by men.
“Women have been highly active in the production of ceramics in Japan for thousands of years, but their names have been largely unknown,” Prior said. “We’re delighted to have the honor of displaying the high-caliber work of these extraordinary artists in our gallery, and at no cost to the public.”
Soaring Voices featured pioneering ceramicists spanning generations, including members of the founding generation of Japanese female potters, such as Asuka Tsubio, Kiyoko Koyama and Takako Araki, whose colorful works are innovative in form and concept. Other artists, including Eiko Kishi and Fuku Fukumoto, incorporated ancient literature and Noh traditions to create a context within their work of a deep connection with nature, a significant motif in the work of Japanese artists.
Soaring Voices was a touring exhibition that traveled to the New Otani Art Museum in Tokyo and the Shizuoka Art Gallery in Shizuoka, Japan, in 2008 and the Museé National de Céramique in Sevres, France, in 2009 before embarking on its North American tour.
Previous stops on U.S. tour have included: Sacramento, Calif.; Washington, DC; Denver; Dallas; Delray Beach, Fla.; Gainesville, Fla.; Tempe, Ariz. and Bellingham, Wash.. Following its stay at Oklahoma Contemporary,, the exhibit traveled to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, Hawaii. The exhibition was developed by The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture and hus-10, Inc. International Arts & Artists was the tour organizer.
Thank you to local sponsors for Soaring Voices, including: Allied Arts, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the Simmons Foundation and the Skirvin Hilton.