"Leitmotif," by Artist-in-Residence Taro Hattori
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Taro Hattori, Dragging the Right Chord, 2014–2015. Paper, wood, metal, and bicycle, 13 x 6 x 3 ft. Photo: Mayumi Hamanaka.
Kimball Education Gallery
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm plus Friday Nights until 8:30 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception Friday Night, September 25, 6–8:30 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments
Our lives are composed like music; we have motifs that recur at various moments of our lives. In composer Steve Reich’s documentary digital video opera, Three Tales, philosopher Adin Steinsaltz states “every creature has a song–the song of the dogs–and the song of the doves–the song of the fly–the song of the fox–what do they say?”
For Leitmotif, Taro Hattori’s month-long residency project at the de Young, the artist will work with museum visitors through a series of participatory experiments to discover how their own life stories and actions are related to music. Asking visitors what they have lost in the past, what they expect in the future, and what they are experiencing in the present, Hattori will create drawings with visitors while singing a song associated with these questions. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn how to play a drum roll for wishes they have for their future.
Taro Hattori is an installation artist from Tokyo, Japan. With a background in theater and music, Hattori creates installations activated in the tension between objects, specificity of site, history, and viewers. His work has been exhibited internationally and he has been awarded residencies from Headlands Center for the Arts, Omi International Arts Centre, Vermont Studio Center, Can Serrat, Millay Colony for the Arts, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Taipei Artist Village, and Kala Art Institute. He received his MFA in Time Arts/Video from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Clinical Psychology from Sophia University, Tokyo, and studied theater design at Rutgers University. He currently teaches at California College of the Arts.
The Kimball Education Gallery is located in the free zone of the museum; no tickets are required. Please drop by any time during open hours. Programming and general admission to the permanent collection galleries are free of charge during Friday Nights at the de Young. A discounted $15 ticket is required to visit the special exhibition galleries.
Support for Friday Nights at the de Young is provided by Hanson Bridgett and the Koret Foundation. During Friday Nights, funding from The Hearst Foundations makes possible free general admission to the permanent collection galleries. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Chronicle.