Dr. Midori YoshimotoProfessor, Gallery Director
E-mail: Myoshimoto@njcu.edu Phone: (201) 200-3420Office: Visual Art Building 131
Midori Yoshimoto is Associate Professor of Art History and Director of two galleries at NJCU. In addition to teaching contemporary art among other courses, she works closely with co-op interns and work-study students to organize various exhibitions and other related programs on campus. While earning her doctorate degree at Rutgers University between 1996 and 2002, she served as Assistant Curator of Japonisme Collection at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, realizing many traveling exhibitions. With her extensive museum background, Yoshimoto continues to curate exhibitions in and out of NJCU. In fall 2003, she organized a very challenging exhibition 'Do-It-Yourself Fluxus' at Art Interactive in Cambridge, MA (http://www.artinteractive.org/shows/fluxus/).
Yoshimoto's doctoral dissertation, Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York, 1955-75, which interweaves art and life of the five Japanese women artists including Yoko Ono and Yayoi Kusama, was published from Rutgers University Press in Spring 2005. A part of her doctoral research was already published in the Japan Society's Yes Yoko Ono exhibition catalogue in 2000. Also active as an art critic, she regularly contributes reviews of exhibitions in the New York metropolitan area for periodicals including Geijutsu Shincho. Since 2004, Yoshimoto has served as a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, providing gallery talks and lectures.In my teaching and gallery direction, I seek to create connections between art and everyday life by offering students and visitors opportunities to interact with art and artists. My ongoing research on contemporary Japanese women artists and Fluxus has inspired me to incorporate the interactive elements in my work. Like some of the other trends in contemporary art, Fluxus, originated in the early 1960s, has been evolving as an alternative philosophy in art making, continually questioning the boundaries between art and everyday life, artist and audience, conceptual and physical experience, and permanence and the ephemeral. I believe that the hands-on experience of contemporary art will transform the viewers, opening their eyes to broaden the notion of art and unearthing hidden treasures in everyday life.