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East Meets West at The Japan Society


When: Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Tour: 11:30 am - 1:15 pm; Optional Lunch: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: The Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, New York  10017
United States

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East Meets West at The Japan Society


Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948), Staircase at Villa Farnese II, Caprarola, 2016, Gelatin Silver Print, 58.7 x 47 in (149.2 x 119.4 cm) © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Visitors to The Japan Society Gallery will explore one of the earliest, and largely unknown, encounters between Japan and the West in the 16th century, as seen through the eyes of artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. In celebration of Japan Society's 110th anniversary, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise charts the story of four Japanese boys, who were swept up in the tide of religion, commerce and politics during the first Global Age and sent to the princely and papal courts of Europe. Journey in their footsteps through Sugimoto's new monumental photographs of the sites they visited, and navigate the germination of cultural exchange between East and West with classical masterpieces of visually hybrid (nanban) art from Japanese and American collections.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the FWA International Business Conference to Japan or simply enjoy a taste of Japanese art and culture right here in New York!


After the tour, you are welcome to continue visiting the galleries on your own, or join us for lunch at Tsushima located at 210 East 44th Street New York, NY (between, 2nd and 3rd Avenues) and enjoy a Japanese tasting menu ($40 per person,) please choose Lunch option when you register for the event.




Michael Chagnon, Ph.D., Curator of Exhibition Interpretation

Michael Chagnon was appointed Curator of Exhibition Interpretation at Japan Society in June 2015, where he has crafted the interpretive regimes and exhibition related programming for Japan Society Gallery’s exhibitions. He has previously held curatorial posts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum and has served in curatorial capacities for exhibitions at New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum. With a broad training in the of arts of Asia and modern and contemporary art, Dr. Chagnon is a specialist of Islamic art of the early modern period, having received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2015.


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Event Schedule
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Registration
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Guided Gallery Tour
1:15 pm - Depart for Lunch at Tsushima

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Lunch

Tour: $25 FWA Members  |  $35 Non-Members  | Guided Gallery Tour
Optional Lunch: $40 Member/Nonmembers

Between First and Second Avenues, a short walk from Grand Central Terminal.
By subway: 4/5/6/7 and S at Grand Central Station; 6 at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue; and the E/M at Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street. Public parking available nearby.

By bus: M15 to 47th Street, M101 or M102 north on Third Avenue to 47th Street, or crosstown M50 (on weekdays) or M42.


Special thanks to Sidley Austin LLP for generously sponsoring this event. Sidley Austin LLP is a member of the FWA President's Circle.


This event is organized by the Global Agenda & Outreach Committee of the FWA of New York, Inc., with special recognition to Ichun Lai and Mee Warren, Co-Chairs of the FWA International Business Conference - Japan 2018, April 16-20, 2018.  Registration coming soon!


About The Japan Society
Japan Society is the leading U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Now in its second century, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language and education. Visit:

About the FWA
Established in 1956, the FWA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization with a membership of approximately 1000 female and male professionals working in the financial services industry or who hold a financial position in another industry. The FWA has a long tradition of encouraging women to seek career opportunities in finance and business through mentorship and networking.


Reservations Required -- Bring Photo ID -- NO WALK-INS
  Reservations/Cancellations and payments are required by Thursday, November 30, 2017



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