- Ikko Style: The Graphic Art of Ikko Tanaka
- 05/06/2015 - 05/10/2015, 05/13/2015 - 05/17/2015, 05/20/2015 - 05/24/2015, 05/27/2015 - 05/31/2015, 06/03/2015 - 06/07/2015, 06/10/2015 - 06/14/2015, 06/17/2015 - 06/21/2015, 06/24/2015 - 06/28/2015, 07/01/2015 - 07/05/2015, 07/08/2015 - 07/12/2015, 07/15/2015 - 07/19/2015, 07/22/2015 - 07/26/2015, 07/29/2015 - 08/02/2015 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Off Campus USC Pacific Asia Museum The Changing Exhibition Galleries 46 North Los Robles Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101
Tanaka's style is provocative yet timeless, drawing visual idioms from his cultural background and redefining them with the collective imagination of the present time. Born in Nara, the cradle of Japanese civilization, educated in Kyoto, the imperial capital and the cultural hub of Japan, and starting his career in Osaka, the city of commerce and art patronage, Tanaka was well situated to be a successful graphic master in Tokyo, an international metropolis.
As a relentless promoter of visual expression, Tanaka strove to achieve universal aesthetic value beyond regional or cultural barriers, which can be seen in his countless designs of posters, logos, trademarks, books and packages. Through his vision, forms drawn from traditional ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) were reduced into striking abstract designs to promote cultural events. Using his aptitude for understanding visual elements from any form, Japanese written characters were transformed into effective and innovative graphic tools. Through Tanaka's celebrated work with fashion designers and corporations including Hanae Mori and Issey Miyake and Mazda Corporation, Tanaka was able to bridge the gap between fine art and the commercial sector.read more
- Japan: A Reverence for Beauty
- 09/02/2015 1:00pm - 2:15am
- University Park Campus East Asian Seminar Room (110C) DML 110C 3550 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089
“Why are the Japanese so unique in their reference, respect, and need for beauty?”, and “What can we, an infant nation compared to Japan, learn from this ancient people and culture that might make us just a tiny bit better as a people or nation?” These two questions are central to Gil Garcetti's book, Japan: A Reverence for Beauty. Garcetti visited Japan for the first time in 1967 and has returned many times over the years, always struck by the beauty of its natural and cultural environments. Garcetti has explored the concept of beauty in a project that has now been released as a limited edition folio of lush color photographs. Five short essays provide thoughtful commentary on Japanese culture and tradition.
From the minute texture of moss on wet pavement to the expansive tapestry of an autumn forest; from a spider’s perfect web to the avant-garde skyline of Tokyo; from Shinto rites to stitching kimonos, this book gives true insight into the Japanese reverence for beauty.
Published in two languages, this work reveals to Japanese and Americans alike the lessons of a legacy of beauty that Japanese culture offers.
See the Photographer's Statement for further information.
Before becoming a photographer, Gil spent 32 years as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. He was the elected District Attorney for eight years. (1992-2000) In addition to overseeing high profile prosecutions such as the Menendez brothers and O.J. Simpson cases, Gil directed his 1100 prosecutors to focus their efforts on more effectively addressing domestic violence and on specific programs designed to prevent crime. After Gil left office in 2000, he taught a seminar entitled “The Interaction of the Criminal Justice System, Race, Politics and the Media.” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Since leaving the District Attorney’s office, Gil has focused his professional efforts as a photographer, speaker, and television producer. Since the publication of his first photo book in 2002, IRON: ERECTING THE WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, six additional books have been published. Beginning in 2013 Gil has had numerous solo exhibitions of his photograph around the world including the United Nations, New York, National Building Museum, Washington D.C., UNESCO, Paris, France, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China, UCLA Fowler Museum, Virginia Center for Architecture, Richmond, Virginia, Vienna International Center, Vienna, Austria, and the New York Center for Performing Arts, New York.
Gil’ speaking engagements have included the United Nations, UNESCO, European Union, and many museums, conferences, and civic and local organizations. He is also a producer of the hit TNT television series, Major Crimes.
Gil’s most recent photo book and project, JAPAN: A REVERENCE FOR BEAUTY, was released in January 2015. This project raises the question of why the Japanese people are so unique in their reverence and need for beauty in virtually every aspect in their lives and what we might learn from this ancient culture that will enhance us as a people or nation.
In April 2014 Garcetti was sworn in as UNESCO – IHE Cultural Ambassador. His responsibilities in this role are to bring worldwide awareness to the issue of safe water in developing countries with a particular focus on how safe water affects the lives of women and girls.
His father was an immigrant from Mexico and his mother’s parents were also born in Mexico. Gil was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California and UCLA Law School. He has been married to his wife, Sukey for 51 years. His daughter, Dana, is a lawyer and acupuncturist and his son, Eric, is the Mayor of Los Angeles.read more
- Casden Conversation Series: "An American Jew in Poland or, The Country in My Head"
- 09/20/2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
- University Park Campus Doheny Memorial Library 240
This event will feature best-selling author Louis Steinman in conversation with scholar and editor Jack Miles. When Poland lost its Jews, it lost a part of itself. When Polish Jews lost Poland, they lost a part of themselves as well, and so did their American children. Louise Steinman will share the joy, the grief, and above all the surprise she experienced in recovering the lost Poland of her family’s past in the Poland of today. Louise Steinman is a writer and literary curator. Her work frequently deals with memory, history and reconciliation. Amongst several highly acclaimed books, she is the author of The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation. Louise has curated the award-winning ALOUD at Central Library series for the Los Angeles Public Library (www.aloudla.org) for the past two decades and is also co-director of the Los Angeles Institute of the Humanities at USC. Jack Miles is general editor of the recently published Norton Anthology of World Religions and Senior Fellow for Religion and International Relations with the Pacific Council on International Policy. His book GOD: A Biography won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996. He was a MacArthur Fellow during the years 2003-2007. Since 2008, he has been Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies at the University of California, Irvine. INTRODUCTION GIVEN BY ALAN CASDEN, CEO CASDEN PROPERTIES, LLCread more
- From the Dressing Room to Center Stage: Glimpses behind the Kabuki Curtain
- 09/22/2015 4:15pm - 6:15pm
- Off Campus Victory Room at the Radisson Hotel USC Radisson Hotel at USC 3540 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The Kabuki Theater is considered to be one of Japan’s three great traditional theaters. With such a rich history, traditions are passed down from past generations of Kabuki actors to the next. Most of these traditions are often non-accessible to the general public, especially revealing the actor’s transformation into his role.
Today, Nakamura Gankyō will perform highlights from the Kabuki dance “Echigo Jishi,” and discuss and demonstrate different aspects of the Kabuki Theater that are often non-accessible to the general public. He will be joined with Kineya Yasoyo and Katada Kikusa, masters in both Nagauta style singing and percussion instrumentation.
Nakamura Gankyō was born and raised in Southern California. He became the first non-Japanese citizen to become a professional Kabuki actor being apprenticed to the National Living Treasure Sakata Tōjūrō. Along with his master, Gankyō has traveled internationally conducting workshops, lectures and demonstrations to introduce various aspects of the Kabuki Theater. He is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at University of California, Los Angeles and has spent the past years conducting research at both Waseda University and Tokyo University.read more
- The Continuing Allure of Hayao Miyazaki
- 09/25/2015 all day
- University Park Campus
If you have been thrilled by the images and touched by the heart-warming stories of Hayao Miyazaki’s feature-length animated works, you may count yourself among the vast numbers of fans of this revered filmmaker. Yet Miyazaki’s legions of fans include not only his viewing audience, but also many manga and animation professionals, both in Japan and around the world. Miyazaki is also one of the founders of Japan’s famous Studio Ghibli, where, along with his fellow director, Isao Takahata, and long-term producer, Toshio Suzuki, he has created one hit after another. To the shock of fans, in 2013, Miyazaki announced his retirement, creating many questions about the future of not only Studio Ghibli, but of Japan’s entire feature-length animation industry. Miyazaki has announced his retirement several times before, and rumors always persist of a comeback, but in Japan today the lack of an apparent successor is of great concern.
Less known outside of Japan is the fact that Miyazaki is also a prolific writer, speaker, and controversial intellectual, who boasts two giant volumes of interviews and essays. Translated into English as Starting Point: 1979-1996, and Turning Point: 1997-2008, these books total over 900 pages of text, and are both published by Viz Media in San Francisco. In an illustrated talk, Beth Cary and Frederik Schodt, the translators of the works, will explore the reasons for the appeal of Miyazaki and his films, in both Japan and the United States, and examine the role of Studio Ghibli, which is enjoying its 35th anniversary this year.
Frederik L. Schodt’s writings on manga, and his translations of them, helped trigger the current popularity of Japanese comics in the English-speaking world. In 2009, the Japanese Government presented him with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his work in helping to promote Japan’s popular culture in the United States. He has written widely on Japanese history, popular culture, and technology.
Beth Cary has interpreted for many Japanese artists, including Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki at their presentations in the Bay Area and beyond. As a translator she has translated Japanese fiction and nonfiction works, ranging from the social sciences to literary reflections. Recently she has translated several award-winning mystery stories for the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.read more
- Faculty Recital: Bernadene Blaha and Martin Chalifour with special guest Sergey Antonov
- 10/13/2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
- University Park Campus Alfred Newman Recital Hall AHF
The program will feature Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 and works by Beethoven and Arthur Honegger. Guest cellist Sergey Antonov is the Gold Medal Winner of the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition.read more
- USC Global Conference 2015
- 10/29/2015 - 10/31/2015 all day
- Off Campus Grand Hyatt Shanghai
University of Southern California
Global Conference - Grand Hyatt Shanghai
October 29-31, 2015
From medical breakthroughs to storytelling in virtual environements, our world is being transformed by coupling big ideas to the collection, analusis, and application of big data. USC has long been at the forefront of this innovation, exploring what it can mean for business, science, technology, medicine, and the arts and entertainment.
Join us in Shanghai--China's center for business and entertainment--as we examine cutting-edge innovations that are already changing the world and the opportunities they present for the future.
Registration for the 2015 USC Global Conference is now open.
Early bird registrants may register at the discounted price of US $400 per perosn until August 15, 2015. Advanced registration is strongly recommended, as previous Global Conferences have sold out quickly.
The conference will featuere a conversation with Robert Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company. As steward of the world's largest media company, Iger has been instrumental in advancing a strategic vision anchored in content, innovation and expansion that has led to historic growth for the company.read more
- 2015 USC Global Conference: Shanghai, China
- 10/29/2015 - 10/31/2015 7:00pm - 10:00pm
- Off Campus Shanghai, China Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Jin Mao Tower
INNOVATIONS FOR A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD From medical breakthroughs to storytelling in virtual environments, our world is being transformed by coupling big ideas to the collection, analysis, and application of big data. USC has long been at the forefront of this innovation, exploring what it can mean for business, science, technology, medicine, and the arts and entertainment. Join us in ShanghaiChinas center for business and entertainmentas we examine cutting-edge innovations that are already changing the world and the opportunities they present for the future.read more