Encounters Along the Journey Many exciting things have happened since we finished production of the one-hour documentary film West Encounters East ®, my first venture into film.
I also want to give my sincere thanks to the many others, too numerous to name here, who have blessed me tremendously by giving freely of their time and expertise.
In South Florida, West Encounters East ® will air on WPBT-Channel 2 on May 6 at 9pm and then again on May 10 at 10pm. It will also be shown on public television across the U.S. – some stations broadcasting the film in May, others in June and later.
My heart is full of unforgettable moments from this journey, and now more than ever I am convinced that ART is a wonderful way to bring people together - a natural bridge of communication between nations and hearts.
Photo: Kazuo Okubo, 2012
West Encounters East ® has opened up a world of possibilities. It is a passport to reaching new heights, both for me personally and for the Japanese-Brazilian artists to whom I owe my deepest gratitude. They are the reason West Encounters East ® was created.
Stella M. Holmes
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ArtLab @ The Lowe: Panama Meeting artists and learning about Guna Yala Traci Ardren, Ph.D Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Civic Involvement, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Miami
Art Lab students meeting the mola collective
Panama Guillermo Ueno
To say: “I met someone” is the same as saying: “I discovered the Ganges, Arabia, the Himalayas, the Amazon.” I wander through their mysteries and their vast expanses and come back with their treasures; so I am transformed and learn. I am transported to other ways of being. — Ernst Jünger
The colorful textiles known as molas are famous for the rich stories they tell about traditional Guna life. Made for over one hundred years by native Guna women of Panama, molas are hand-stitched cotton panels and blouses made of multi-colored and multilayered cotton cloth. The 2013 ArtLab class travelled to Guna Yala, a semi-autonomous province of Panama governed by Guna indigenous people, to learn more about how these incredible textiles are made. Guna women make molas as an expression of their identity and as a way to generate income. We met many women and two Guna men who design molas and spent our afternoons looking over photographs of the molas in the Lowe Art Museum collection with these artists. The designs derive from aspects of traditional indigenous life along the San Blas or Guna Yala islands; stingrays, crabs, and other marine life are popular imagery as are the activities of daily life. Sometimes the designs are highly abstract with obvious connections to designs found on the pre-Columbian pottery of Panama. The class met with elderly Guna women who use images from their dreams to inspire their textile art, and young women organized into a mola collective, to share supplies and profits. The four days spent on a tiny island in Guna Yala changed the 2013 ArtLab class forever. Our interest in exploring the connections to be found within the large mola collection of the Lowe, the pre-Columbian pottery of the Coclé culture, and modern Panamanian artists was deepened and our understanding of these connections greatly enriched. The students discovered a lesser-known but very beautiful part of modern Panama through an exploration of one of the most important artistic traditions of modern indigenous culture.
Encountering a person leads me to encounter a place, and then a place leads me to encounter other people. Landscape and language are reciprocal; the passion found in the Panamanian people brings us glimpses of the landscape´s spirit, which is not so easy to find. Although our visit was brief, its deep intensity allowed us to return with radiant discoveries. Curiously, on the last day, we visited some ruins at an unusual time – at night. The history of the pirate Henry Morgan, the stories of unknown treasures snatched violently and of corporate injustices, left me thinking about how easy it can be to achieve happiness. When we reach across the cultural gap, treasures are enchanting and not secret—treasures such as valuable, delicious conversations and different ideas of coexistence, like those we have read about in the Gunas. This moves us to return to the realm of experience in order to learn new possibilities for the world. Visiting Panama was much more than visiting a country. Perhaps the Panama Canal became a symbol for us. West Encounters East is a bridge, a channel through which humanity can share and learn to live in peace. Stella Holmes’s work focuses on this idea, and we had a chance to confirm that mission and vision when we met the students from the Art Lab of the University of Miami. For me, the transmission of the Guna Yala experience corroborated the right path of the Tao. A final anecdote – at the hotel we saw this quote from Jimi Hendrix:
Are you experienced? Ah! Have you ever been experienced? Well, I have. View of Panama |
Photo: Guillermo Ueno
And that is the true encounter of Hendrix and Junger. It´s like crossing the Andes riding a horse in the middle of the rainforest.
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West Encounters East ® Debuts on Public Television in May WPBT2/South Florida Public Television will take viewers on a journey to Brazil to uncover a vibrant culture and unique art world in West Encounters East ® , premiering on Monday, May 6 at 9:00pm and encoring on Friday, May 10 at 10:00pm. The film focuses on a littleknown population: the Japanese Brazilians, comprising the largest population of ethnic Japanese outside of Japan itself. Yutaka Toyota “Since his trip to Italy in
“The Art of Kazuo Okubo is the result of
1965, he joined the movement of optical
immense discipline in the practice of pho-
filmed with Emmy Award-winning Producer Linda Corley,
and kinetic artists. Influenced by the spatial
tography, exercised to exhaustion. Tireless
West Encounters East ® explores the cultural mix, history
theory of Argentine artist Lucio Fontana, he
repetitions lead us to unique results where
and tradition in the works of well-known Japanese Brazilian
creates artworks that, through the application
light, shadows, color, black and white imag-
artists such as Tomoo Handa, Tomie Ohtake, Manabu
of physical laws and the influence of Zen Bud-
es, nudes, landscapes, portraits, everything
Mabe, Tikashi Fukushima, Yutaka Toyota, Flavio-Shiró,
dhist philosophy, seek a new look – beyond
leaves its indelible mark and introduces us to
Takashi Fukushima, Kazuo Okubo, Jum Nakao, Catarina
the third dimension, the fourth dimension and
places we have never discovered. “
Gushiken, among others. The story of these multicultural
Created by Executive Producer Stella M. Holmes and
artists, told primarily through their canvases, sculptures, ceramics and photography, brings to light the dynamic and little-known saga of the Japanese presence in Brazil during the 20th Century.
“The documentary offers a unique opportunity to learn more about this interesting period of world history and the various aspects of the Japanese migration to Brazil, as well as its influence in our art and culture”, says Ambassador Helio Vitor Ramos F., Consul General of Brazil in Miami. The Consulate General of Brazil is a proud supporter of West
Encounters East ®. “Bridging cultures through art has always captured my soul,
Takashi Fukushima “I like to be pre-
Catarina Gushiken always knew that her
especially cultures that are so vastly different”, says Holmes,
sented as a Brazilian artist, son of Japanese
true passion was painting and design. Possess-
whose experience of growing up with a Paraguayan mother
immigrants ... I think art is a difficult concept
ing a free-thinking personality without prejudice
and Argentine father gave her valuable insights into the
to describe. It’s like a religion, based on faith.”
or preconceptions, she chooses to showcase
issues and challenges examined in this film.
her unique works in diverse platforms. Photos: Guillermo Ueno
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Upcoming Events APRIL, 2013
Première Event for the Documentary Film West Encounters East ®
Tuesday, April 30 at 7-10 p.m
Location: Lowe Art Museum
1301 Stanford Drive Coral Gables, FL
Art-Historical Crossroads , a discussion with Cornell University Professor Pedro Erber, Ph.D., and artist Takashi Fukushima. West Encounters East ®, Japan Journey 2012
JULY, 2013 EXHIBITION
Tanabata and Japan´s Star Festival Views of Tanabata in São Paulo by Jade Matarazzo Project inspired by West Encounters East ®
Duration: June 4 – September 15, 2013 Location: Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens 4000 Morikami Park Road Delray Beach, FL Tanabata celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (stars Vega and Altair), star-crossed lovers separated by the Milky Way and brought together only once a year. In honor of Tanabata, the Morikami Museum presents a selection of photographs by Jade Matarazzo, who captured the faces of the Tanabata festival as it is celebrated in São Paulo, Brazil.
For more information about these events visit: www.westencounterseast.com www.morikami.org
Jade Matarazzo, Tanabata Festival, 2012
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami Opened in 1952, the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum is Miami-Dade County’s oldest and only comprehensive visual arts institution featuring the region’s most extensive collection of Western and Non-Western art from ancient to contemporary. The Lowe’s permanent collection, numbering more than 17,500 works spans 5,000 years of world art including: Italian Renaissance and Baroque, Greco-Roman Antiquities, 17th-21st century art of the Americas and Europe, the arts of Africa, and Asia, and native, and ancient America. The Lowe’s newest addition, the Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts, features a stunning $3.5 million glass collection with masterpieces by Dale Chihuly, Richard Jolley, and William Carlson, among others, as well as sculpture art by some of today’s most talented artists. The mission of the Lowe is to serve the University, the Greater South Florida community, and national and international visitors as a teaching and exhibiting resource through its permanent and borrowed collections. With the support of UM Alumna Stella M. Holmes, president of Overseas Partners Realty, the Lowe Art Museum has partnered with the Department of Art and Art History to offer the ArtLab @ The Lowe series. The Lowe’s innovative ArtLab program provides University of Miami faculty and students the opportunity to organize an annual exhibition drawn from the Lowe’s permanent collection. The students work directly with objects from the museum’s collection, producing original research and curating a thematic exhibition that will be on display for a full calendar year. The Lowe features a variety of programming throughout the year, including Members’ Previews, the LoweDown First Thursday Happy Hour, Family Days, Teacher Workshops, lectures presented by artists and curators, and the Annual Beaux Arts Festival held on the grounds of the university. Group tours of temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection are conducted by the Lowe Art Museum Docent Guild during museum hours, and can be scheduled through the Lowe’s Education Department.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Vizcaya was built by James Deering, who wintered on the property from 1916 until his death in 1925. Deering was a vice president at International Harvester, the largest producer of agricultural machinery in the United States. Deering chose to build his winter home on the bay in Miami because he enjoyed the mild climate, he loved boating and other family members had already settled in the young city. Vizcaya exemplifies the American Renaissance, combining older European cultural values with the social, material and environmental context of 20th-century Miami. It is this Florida context that distinguishes Deering’s Vizcaya from other estates of the period. Today, Vizcaya includes a house filled with art and furnishings, ten acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay, a native forest, and a historic village that originally housed staff quarters, barns for domesticated animals, and service buildings. The estate originally covered 180 acres on both sides of South Miami Avenue, including extensive lagoon gardens and fields for farming.
For more information visit: www.lowemuseum.org www.vizcayamuseum.org
Vizcaya opened as a public museum in 1953, when Deering’s heirs conveyed the main house with most of its original artwork and furnishings, the formal gardens and the village to Miami-Dade County. Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark that is accredited by the American Association of Museums.