Art Japan JETAANY New York

Gutai: Splendid Playground Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum

Gutai: Splendid Playground presents the creative spectrum of Japan’s most influential avant-garde collective of the postwar era. Founded by the visionary artist Yoshihara Jirō in 1954, the Gutai group was legendary in its own time. Its young members explored new art forms combining performance, painting, and interactive environments, and realized an “international common ground” of experimental art through the worldwide reach of their exhibition and publication activities. Against the backdrop of wartime totalitarianism, Gutai forged an ethics of creative freedom, breaking through myriad boundaries to create some of the most exuberant works and events in the history of Japanese and international avant-garde art.

The Gutai: Splendid Playground exhibition runs from February 15–May 8, 2013 at the Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition includes a free interactive mobile app, featuring voiceover narration by ME!

JETAANY is organizing an informal group outing to see the exhibition on Saturday, March 16 during “pay as you wish” admission hours from 5:45 pm-7:45 pm. Feel free to arrive anytime and explore the museum at your own pace. I will be at the museum at 5:45 pm on the 16th if you would like to meet up.

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JETAANY Fundraiser for Japan

The JET Alumni Association of New York, in partnership with NY de Volunteer, will be holding a fundraiser to benefit Japan on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. The night will include great drink specials, entertainment, and – a highlight of the event – wonderful raffle prizes. (日本語版は下記)

Over 30 generous JET Alumni and local businesses have donated goods and services to the cause, such as: cooking classes, bottles of sake, private dance lessons, handmade jewelry and more!

Please show your support for this cause which is so near and dear to our hearts. All proceeds from this event will go to the JETAA USA Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. During the event we will be collecting messages for Send Hope to Japan from the World to further express our solidarity during this difficult time.

This is an open event and will have a great crowd of JET alumni, members of the local Japanese expat community, and many other New Yorkers wanting to show their support. Feel free to invite your coworkers, neighbors, roommates, and anyone else interested in looking for a way to help!

When: Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-9:30pm

Where: Slate
54 West 21st Street between 5th and 6th Ave
(Nearest subway 1, 2, F, M, N, R, and Path)

Entry: Donation of $20 per person pre-sale, $25 at the door. The donation allows entry to the event, plus two raffle tickets. Please bring a photo ID. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased both in advance and during the event.
Additional Ticket Packs:
  • $5 = 1 ticket
  • $20 = 5 tickets
  • $50 = 15 tickets
  • $100 = 35 tickets

Increase your chances of winning! 100% of raffle sales go to the JETAA USA “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.”

How to Purchase:
Please enter $20 for admission to event PLUS either $5, $20, $50, or $100 dollars if you wish to purchase extra raffle tickets ahead of time. (Example: Entry to event ($20) and 5 extra raffle tickets ($20) = $40. Your tickets will be held for you at the event.

$20 = Standard Admission (entry and 2 raffle tickets)
$25 = Standard Admission + 1 additional raffle ticket
$40 = Standard Admission + 5 additional raffle tickets
$70 = Standard Admission + 15 additional raffle tickets
$120 = Standard Admission + 35 additional raffle tickets

Special Thanks to our Sponsors & Donors:
Japan Society, Hills Learning, Bao Noodle, Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), City Bike Coach, New York Video School, Shockra Studio, Boutique Pink Diamond, Bloomsbury Publishing — more to be listed soon!

Please share this event on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr!

JETプログラム参加経験者の会NY支部会は、この度NY de Volunteer(2003年NYで初めて日本人によって 設立された非営利団体)とパートナーシップを組み、4月5日(火曜日)に東日本大震災支援の為のファンドレイズイベントを行います。当日はドリンクが提供されるだけでなく、エンターテイメント、そして最後には豪華景品があたるくじ(ラッフル)が催されます。それらの景品は多くのJET卒業生達や地元企業のご好意により寄付された、お料理教室のチケット、日本酒、個人ダンスレッスン、手作りジュエリー等盛り沢山です。

是非、皆さんにとって掛け替えの無い身近な国、日本の為にご支援をお願いします!集まった義援金は全てJETAA USAの「Japan地震救援基金 」 へと募金されます。又イベントの間、日本とアメリカの結束感を表現する世界から送る日本への応援メッセージプロジェクトとして、皆さんのエールを紙に書いて頂き写真撮影を行います。今回のイベントは誰でも参加が出来、大勢のJET卒業生達やNY在住日本人コミュニティーだけでなく、日本を支援してくれるニュヨーカー達が集まります。是非ご家族、ご友人、ご近所、同僚、日本を支援してくれるあらゆる方をお誘い下さい!
日時:4月5日(火曜日) 6:30-9:30pm
場所: Slate 54 West 21st Street between 5th and 6th Ave
(最寄地下鉄線 1, 2, F, M, N, R, Path)
エントランス: 前売り$20, 当日$25


  • $5 = 1枚
  • $20 = 5枚
  • $50 = 15æžš
  • $100  = 35æžš

ラッフルの売上は全額JETAA USAの「Japan地震救援基金」 へと募金されます。

イベントの参加の際にまず$20をお支払いになり、更に$5, $20, $50 又は$100等お好きなだけ事前にラッフル券をご購入下さい。
(例:前売りエントランス$20と追加にラッフル券5枚($20)ご購入=合計$40 事前にご購入頂いた券の分は当日イベントまでおとり置きされます)
$20 = 前売りエントランス (エントランスとラッフル券2枚)
$25 = 前売りエントランス + 追加ラッフル券1枚
$40 =前売りエントランス +追加ラッフル券5枚
$70 =前売りエントランス +追加ラッフル券15枚
$120 =前売りエントランス +追加ラッフル券35枚

Japan Society, Hills Learning, Bao Noodle, Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), City Bike Coach, New York Video School, Shockra Studio, Boutique Pink Diamond, Bloomsbury Publishing — 等更に追加の予定!

是非 Facebook, Twitter, Tumblrでこのイベントを広めて下さい!
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Interview in JQ Magazine

Shree Kurlekar of (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association of New York) interviewed me for the latest issue of JQ Magazine.  Download the PDF version of the magazine or read the article below after the jump.

JQ Summer 2009 Cover