Design and Disaster: Kon Wajiro’s Modernologio


March 13, 2014 - March 27, 2014

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 13, 7:30 pm

Kon Wajiro’s Modernologio: Imaging Space through Objects in Japanese Houses Lecture by Izumi Kuroishi
March 13, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Glass Corner (Room E206), Parsons East, 25 East 13th Street

Part of the Inside (hi) Stories Lecture Series, hosted by the School of Constructed Environments and the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design. For more on the lecture click here.

Lecture followed by the Exhibition opening reception
March 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, 66 Fifth Avenue

This exhibition explores Kon Wajiro’s (1888-1973) visual observations of material practices in Tokyo after the devastating 1923 Earthquake, particularly drawing from his work Modernologio (kogengaku) and from his surveys of “barracks” (makeshift structures for earthquake recovery). The exhibition emphasizes Kon Wajiro’s urban ethnography, as well as its significance as a design-based methodology of recording material change in post-disaster conditions. Kon’s ethnographic drawings and photographs derive from observations of urban and domestic spaces in post-earthquake Tokyo, as well as from detailed recordings of people’s dress, body posture, and movement. The exhibition also looks at Kon’s methodology as an educational resource, presenting student work produced in classes at Parsons and Aoyama Gakuin University, and hosting class workshops.

Exhibition curators: Jilly Traganou, Parsons School of Design, and Izumi Kuroishi, Aoyama Gakuin University

The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of The Japan Foundation, New York; the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons The New School for Design (New York); and the School of Cultural and Creative Studies of Aoyama Gakuin University (Tokyo). Kon Wajiro works belong to the Kon Wajiro Archive of the Kogakuin University Library (Tokyo).

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