Midori Yamamura

Full Time Faculty

Art

Contact:

Phone: (718) 368-5336
Email: Midori.Yamamura@kbcc.cuny.edu
Office Location: S-253, Arts and Sciences Center

Midori Yamamura

Biography

Dr. Midori Yamamura is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College. She received her doctoral degree in Art History from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2013. Dr. Yamamura specializes in feminism, post-WWII art, and global contemporary art with a focus on Asia. Her secondary field is non-Western art. Between 2004-2020, she was a lecturer at MoMA. Yamamura currently serves as a field editor of the College Art Association’s online publication, CAAReview. She is a co-founder of two faculty-led research initiatives, UnHomeless NYC and IGNITERs. She has published numerous articles on post-WWII art using an object-based social feminist approach and ecocriticism. A specialist on Japanese-born artist Yayoi Kusama, her first book, Yayoi Kusama: Inventing the Singular was published from MIT Press. She served as an advisor for a film, Kusama: Infinity (2018). In 2021, she co-edited an anthology, Visual Representation and the Cold War: Art and Postcolonial Struggles in East and Southeast Asia (Routledge). The book explores artistic responses to colonialism and the neoliberal economic impact on people and the environment in East and Southeast Asian countries. She is currently working on a new book on Japanese contemporary art.

Courses

Art 23 (Asian Art)

Art 24 (Global Contemporary Art Survey)

Art 31 Online

Art 33 Online

Art 34 Online

Art 37 (Non-Western Art Survey)

Education

MA, Queens College, CUNY, 2001

M.Phil., The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2013

Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2013

College Teaching

Before arriving at CUNY Kingsborough, Yamamura was a full-time lecturer at Fordham University. She started teaching at KBCC in 2017. Yamamura also taught art history at The Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and Hunter College. She also offers a seminar on art and regional development at Okayama University, Japan.

PUBLICATIONS

Writings in English

Books

Yayoi Kusama: Inventing the Singular. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015.

Inventing the Singular Book Reviews:

Marc Goethals, “Midori Yamamura, Yayoi Kusama, Inventing the Singular,” De Witte Raaf, no. 178 (Nov.-Dec., 2015): 26.

Karen Kurczynski, “Yayoi Kusama: Inventing the Singular, written by Midori Yamamura,” Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas 2, no. 3 (2016): 345-48.

SooJin Lee, “Yayoi Kusama: Inventing the Singular,” CAAReview (December 2017).

Gloria Sutton, “Yayoi Kusama: Inventing the Singular,” Women’s Art Journal (Spring 2018).

Books (Edited)

Li, Yuchieh and Midori Yamamura, eds. Visual Representations of the Cold War: Postcolonial Struggles in Asia. Oxford, UK: Routledge, June 2021.

Refereed Journal Articles

Archetypes: Cordillera’s Labyrinth: Ecocritical Analysis of Roberto Villanueva’s Sustainability Aesthetics.” Antennae 55, Southeast Asia Issue (August 2021): 122-139.

“Spatial Territories Disrupted: Connectivity, Transnationality, and Interpretability of Post-1989 Asian Art.” Tate Asia Centre Website (2018).

https://www.tate.org.uk/research/research-centres/tate-research-centre-asia/event-report-territories-disrupted

“The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi.” Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas 3, no. 3 (Fall 2017).

“The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale: Revitalizing the Dying Countryside with Contemporary Art.” College Art Association Review (December 2016).

Book Chapters

Exploring a Moment of 超少女(Chōshōjo): Economic Bubble, Saison Culture, and New Women’s Art, 1986-1996.” In Peyton, Alyssa ed., Women in the Art and Archaeology of Asia. Gainesville, FL: The University of Florida Press, 2023.

“Asia’s Cold War and Environmental Devastation: Kidlat Tahimik and Roberto Villanueva’s Neo-Indigenous Response in the Philippines and Beyond. In Li, Yuchieh and Midori Yamamura eds. Visual Representation of the Cold War and Postcolonial Struggles in East and Southeast Asia. Oxford, UK: Routledge, 2020.

“To Make the Art Object Disappear: Roberto Villanueva’s Response to the Anthropocene” (working title). In Mountains and Rivers (without) End: An Anthology of Eco-Art History in Asia. Ed. De-Nin Lee (New Castle upon Tyne, UK:

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018).

Exhibition Catalogues

"The 1960s Counterculture Movement and Aldo Tambellini’s Immersive Electromedia Environment.” In Aldo Tambellini. Ed. Olga Shims. Ulsan, South Korea: Ulsan Museum, 2022.

“Tadaaki Kuwayama: In Search of Infinity.” Tadaaki Kuwayama: Radical Neutrality. London: Mayor Gallery, 2017.

“Rakuko Naito: Creating the Only One That Exists on Earth.” Rakuko Naito. Tokyo: White Stone Gallery, 2016.

“Mephistophelean Underworld: Ryo Toyonaga’s Uncanny Objects.” Ryo Toyonaga: Mephistophelean. New York: The Vilcek Foundation, 2009.

“Imagine the World Differently: Yoko Ono’s Instruction Piece.” Yoko Ono Grapefruit. New York: ISE Cultural Foundation, 2004.

Co-authored

“Rising from Totalitarianism: Yayoi Kusama, 1945-1955, Formative Years.” In Yayoi Kusama. Ed. Frances Morris. Madrid: Reina Sofia; London: Tate Modern; New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2011-2012, 168-75.

“Kusama and Nul: An International Crossroad of the Art of Active Social Engagement.” In The Dutch Avant-Garde Nul. Ed. Colin Huizing. Rotterdam: NAI Publisher, 2011.

“Re-Viewing Kusama, 1950-1975: Biography of Things.” In Yayoi Kusama, Mirrored Years. Eds. Franck Gautherot, Jaap Guldemond, and Seungduk Kim. Rotterdam: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 2009, 62-109.

“Transforming Infinity: Yayoi Kusama’s Net  Painting.” In Yayoi Kusama. Ed. Louise Neri. New York: Gagosian Gallery, 2009, 14-36.

“Kusama Yayoi’s Early New York Years: A Critical Biography.” In Making A Home: Contemporary Artists in New York. Eds. Eric Shiner and Reiko Tomii. New York: Japan Society and Yale University Press, 2007, 52-64.

Newspaper Articles

“Aldo Tambellini Reflects Upon Us.” Brooklyn Rail.

Encyclopedia Entries

"Yoko Ono." Encyclopedia Entry. The 20th Century Art in Japan. Tokyo: Tokyo Bijutsu Club, p. 251.

“Yayoi Kusama.” Oxford Dictionary of American Art. Ed. Joan Marter. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Book Reviews

Book Review of Klaus Biesenbach, and Christophe Cherix, eds. Yoko Ono One Woman Show 1960-1971. Woman’s Art Journal 36, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2015): 43-45.

Book Review of Amy Teschner, ed. Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu.  Woman’s Art Journal 36, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2015): 47-49.

Review of Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama. Woman’s Art Journal 33, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2012): 44-47.

Exhibition Reviews

“Wondering Position, Yukinori Yanagi.” Art in America (Jan. 2017).

Writings in Japanese

Art Criticisms

Gekkan Bijutsu [Art Monthly], 2000-2009. Wrote a monthly column on the New York art scene.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Yoko Ono.” Twentieth-Century Japanese Art Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Heibonsha, 2015.

Obituary

“Shigeko Kubota.” Art Almanac of Japan. Tokyo: Tokyo Research Institute of Cultural Properties, 2018

HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2021

Transformative Learnings in Humanities. CUNY
CUNY Career Success Fellowship
UC Davis/Mellon Foundation, Imagining America: Stories of Change Fellowship Social Practice CUNY

2020

ACLS Mellon Foundation Community College Faculty Fellowship.
PSC-CUNY Award 0051
CUNY ARTS
Better Together: Japanese Studies Program at CUNY

2019

Faculty Fellowship for Publication Program
Humanities New York, Vision Grant

2018

PSC-CUNY Award 6701-0049
CUNY Book Completion Award
President’s Innovative Teaching Award

2016-2018

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi)

2017

Tate Asia Centre Travel Fellowship

2016-2017

The Japan Foundation Long Term Fellowship (declined), Japan

2015

Terumo Foundation Arts and Crafts Grant for Contemporary Art, Japan

2014

Pratt Institute, Faculty Development Grant, New York City

2013-14

Getty Foundation Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative for Emerging Scholars and Curators

2012

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar for School Teachers at New York University, “Re-envisioning American Art History: Asian American Art, Research, and Teaching.”

2010

Frick Award to present a paper at the IFA [Institute of Fine Arts]-Frick Annual Symposium on the History of Art, New York City

2009-10

The National Academies, Ford Diversity Program Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention, Washington, D.C.

2008-09

The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Predoctoral Year Fellowship

2007-08

Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship, The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY

2007

The Graduate Center, CUNY, Research, and Travel Grant

2007

The University of Akron, Resident Scholar Fellowship, Akron, Ohio

2006-07

Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

2004-06

Sue Rosenberg Zalk Student Travel and Research Fund/Alumni Association Dissertation Support Fund, The Graduate Center, CUNY

2006

Ford Foundation Travel Award, The Graduate Center, CUNY

2004

ISE Cultural Foundation, Emerging Curator Grant, New York City

2002

ISE Cultural Foundation, Emerging Curator Grant, New York City

Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

AICA – International Association of Art Critics (AICA, United States Section) 
College Art Association (CAA) 

Personal Interests

Cooking

Curating

Running