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"Leitmotif," by Artist-in-Residence Taro Hattori

Taro Hattori, "Where Do Birds Go Off to Die," 2010. Paper. 20' x 20' x 26'
September 2, 2015October 4, 2015

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm* and Fridays 4:30–8:30 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

*On Friday afternoons, the studio is open for visitors, however the artist will not be present from 1–4:30 pm. View Dragging the Right Chord, till that morning and other works by Taro Hattori. Meet the artist during all other open studio hours. 

Our lives are composed like music. Each of us has 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 drumroll 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 Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums and provide exposure to emerging artists. This program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Museums for America. Supported in part by Genuus.