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  • A Child Like Me: Yuki Morishima in Conversation with Tatsu Aoki

    Evenings, Talks & Lectures, and part of Thursday Nights

    Mar 19

    Free with museum admission

    7—8:30 PM

    Samsung Hall

    Think you know about geisha culture? Think again. Explore ideas expressed in Seduction: Japan’s Floating World that we’ve been pondering about fantasy, constructed realities and the perpetuation of specific narratives about the pleasure quarter through the personal lens of Tatsu Aoki, who grew up in his grandmother’s geisha house in Tokyo. The talk will introduce museum audiences to the unique perspective of an artist—male, in particular—with intimate knowledge of modern geisha culture, as well as the artistic training of geisha—an early influence on Tatsu's musical training. Tatsu appears in conversation with Yuki Morishima, Asian Art Museum assistant curator of Japanese art.  

    Musician, filmmaker and professor Tatsu Aoki grew up in a family that booked and trained geisha in downtown Tokyo. Before the economic and social changes of the 1960s forced many family businesses to close, Aoki received geisha cultural training and became part of the family’s performing crew at the age of four. Aoki performed in the early 70s during the Tokyo underground arts movement, joining the Japanese experimental music ensemble Gintenkai. After coming to the U.S. in 1977, Aoki studied experimental filmmaking at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is a professor of film, video and new media.

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