JUSFC40: Exhibit – “Tabaimo: Her Room” Currently at the San Jose Museum of Art

February 5, 2016 

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is pleased to be a sponsor of Tabaimo: Her Room at the San Jose Museum of Art, which opened February 6, 2016 and runs through August 21, 2016. This is the first major museum exhibition in the United States showing works by world-renowned Japanese artist, Tabaimo.

The exhibit features three video animations, two of which have never before been seen in the United States, as well as 18 scroll-like ink drawings. Tabaimo further explores her interest in transforming space in new, site-specific wall drawings made exclusively for this exhibition.

Tabaimo’s imagery – based on thousands of drawings made with an automatic brush pen – specifically recalls well-known Edo-period (1603–1868) ukiyo-e prints. Using Photoshop, she samples her colors directly from reproductions of these prints. Yet Tabaimo’s style is very much a 21st-century hybrid: she blends tradition with oblique references to popular visual culture, including Japanese comics (manga) and animation (anime).

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is marking its 40th anniversary through 2016. The Commission has spent the last four decades supporting the U.S.-Japan relationship through public policy, arts, culture, and educational exchanges.