Midori Yoshimoto

Professor of Art History and Gallery Director
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Midori Yoshimoto is professor of art history and gallery director at New Jersey City University. As art historian, Yoshimoto specializes in post-1945 Japanese art and its diaspora with a focus on women artists, Fluxus, and intermedia. Her 2005 book, Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York, led to numerous publications including an essay in Yoko Ono One Woman Show (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2015). Yoshimoto co-curated a major survey exhibition of Japanese American artist Shigeko Kubota, which traveled three museums in Japan in 2021-22. Its catalog, Viva Video! The Art and Life of Shigeko Kubota was published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha and received the Ringa Art Encouragement Award in Japan. She is also a co-editor and author of Women, Aging, and Art: A Crosscultural Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2021). 

As curator, she has curated numerous exhibitions at NJCU which include: Resonances: Five Asian Women Artists in New Jersey (2005); Elizabeth Catlett: For My People (2006); Yoko Ono Imagine Peace: Featuring John and Yoko’s Year of Peace(2008); Afterwards & Forward: A Ten Year 9/11 Reflective Exhibition (2011); Margaret Murphy: A Ten Year Survey (2012); Nancy Cohen: Hackensack Dreaming (2015); The Persistence of History (2018); Mapping Life (2019); The Embankment on My Mind (2022).

The highlights of Dr. Yoshimoto's external curatorial projects are: Do-It-Yourself Fluxus (Art Interactive, Cambridge, MA, 2003), New Tale for Our Age, (The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, 2009), Emerging Patterns (Arts Council of Morris Area, 2010), Forms and Effects: Ukiyo-e to Anime (Kresge Gallery, Ramapo College, 2017), Jerseyscapes III (Hamilton Square, Jersey City, 2020), Viva Video!: The Art and Life of Shigeko Kubota (3 Japanese museums, 2021-22).

For select publications, see https://njcu.academia.edu/MidoriYoshimoto

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