Painting installation 
by Michiko Itatani | CHILDHOOD'S END
Michiko Itatani,
Michiko Itatani, "Tangent Space," Painting installation (detail), 1995

Michiko Itatani, "Tangent Space,"  Painting installation (detail), 1995
Michiko Itatani, "Tangent Space," Painting installation (detail), 1995



Special Opening Events: This exhibition opens concurrently with the YS Kids Playhouse production of its peace play "Little Boy" (August 5-7, Antioch Theater).

The gallery will hold a reception 8:30-10pm following each evening's theater performance.


The Shirley/Jones Gallery is pleased to announce its second annual Peace Exhibition. In an effort to present material that will stimulate discussion on ways of actually bringing about peace in the world, the gallery will exhibit a single, multi-panel painting installation by Chicago artist Michiko Itatani, that will occupy the gallery's perimeter walls. The exhibition will suggest ways in which people may start to put warfare aside as a means for settling conflict.

The show opens concurrently with the presentation by the YS Kids Playhouse of its own peace play titled "Little Boy" (Aug 5-7, Antioch Theater). Additionally, the newly founded Dayton Peace Museum will present its exhibit on the Dayton Peace Accords on the gallery grounds August 5-7.

In August of 1945, the United States detonated two atomic bombs to bring about the Japanese surrender and end World War II. These were weapons with a power and scale never before witnessed. When the "dust settled" over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the scope of the power of these new weapons became widely known, people all over the world could be found saying that this should never happen again. One could say that a process of rethinking the viability of war itself was brought into greater focus by mid-century. It was the end of childhood for the Human Family; time to enter adulthood and find new ways of settling conflict One might see this as moving from one cultural space to another, the transition being gradual (perhaps taking century or more), incremental and at times disorienting.

The artist, Michiko Itatani was born and raised in Kobe, Japan. In college, she had an early passion to become a writer. After some reflection, she decided instead to pursue the visual arts. In the early 1970s, Itatani moved to Chicago where she has spent her professional adult life. She studied, and now teaches, at the Art Institute of Chicago, was a founding member of NAME Gallery, and is a fixture of the city's art and critical scene. Itatani's work springs from her continuing immersion in literature and has over the past 3 decades explored themes of self/others, micro/macro, the body and questions about theoretical space/hyper space. She paints on a large scale and is prolific. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous public and private collections.

While she is of Japanese descent, Itatani has lived the majority of her years in the United States and considers herself a citizen of the world. Her work for this show probes the possibilities for human kind to move into a collective cultural context where war is displaced by new and peaceful modes of resolving differences and conflict.

The exhibition runs from August 6 through September 3, 2005. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday 2-6pm and by appointment. For further information call (937) 767-1711.

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