Fujimura Institute

Defying fractured, fragmented modern perspectives, the Fujimura Institute encourages artists and thinkers to collaborate, cooperate and inspire their audiences to piece together a whole view of the world.

Fujimura Institute

  • 38 West 39th St, 3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10018
  • (212) 944-0944

The Movement

The Institute’s events and networks will help connect creatives from different fields so they may design generative collaborations. These events include collaborative exhibits, such as the current QU4RTETS project, and a continuing lecture series with premier artists and thinkers to promote catalytic conversations and spark new ideas and cross-discipline projects.

To continue this emphasis on cooperation, rather than competition, within the creative community, the Institute will build a guild system to train and mentor apprentices in Makoto Fujimura’s studio process and the ancient art of Nihonga. These apprentices will help preserve traditional Japanese painting techniques, as well as learn and promote the practice of imagining projects beyond a single specialty.

The Inspiration

The divisions in modern life are growing deeper and more contentious between opposing academic disciplines, political parties, denominations, cultures, and classes. The world rewards increasingly granular specialization, but the world’s philosophical and practical problems increasingly demand the knowledge and cooperation of experts from diverse backgrounds. Makoto Fujimura has seen this fragmentation and has endeavored, personally and through International Arts Movement, to motivate other creatives to work together to resist the alienating effects of a divisive society.

Fujimura studied Nihonga at Tokyo University of the Arts and has since had numerous exhibits in galleries and museums from New York to Tokyo to Hong Kong. He has painted live on stage at Carnegie Hall, collaborating with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra. Fujimura founded the International Arts Movement in 1992 and served as a member of the National Council on the Arts. He has lectured at numerous conferences and universities including the Aspen Institute, Yale, Bucknell, Princeton, The Q Conference and IAM’s Encounter. Fujimura’s second book Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture is a collection of essays bringing people of all backgrounds together in a meditation on culture, art and humanity.

The Institute’s name honors several generations of Fujimura’s family, including Makoto’s father, Osamu, a pioneer in acoustics research, and his brother Aki, key benefactor to the creation of the Institute. The board of International Arts Movement oversees Fujimura Institute as a core educational element of IAM.

Projects & Events

QU4RTETS: Baylor Panel Discussion

On Becoming Generative: An Introduction to Culture Care More info »

You may purchase the eBook on Amazon above, but if you prefer, you may download the eBook here for free.

Fujimura Institute at IAM INHABIT

The International Arts Movement (IAM) is pleased to invite you to a free classical music concert on Thursday, October 3rd as part of this year’s INHABIT conference.

The program presents renowned composer Christopher Theofanidis’ newly-commissioned piano quintet At the Still Point, inspired by T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets and Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. The performance will feature Charles Neidich, clarinet, Mia Chung, piano, Elizabeth Larson and Susan Kim, violins, Molly Carr, viola, and Soo Bae, cello.

Also on display as part of the event are commissioned art works by Bruce Herman and Makoto Fujimura inspired by T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.

Date: October 3rd, 2013
Time: 7:45 pm; Doors open 7:30 pm for open seating
Location: W83 Ministry Center, 150 W. 83rd St.
For more information, contact: IAM Offices at 212-944-0944

The Glory of Love’s New World: Terrence Malick’s American Pastoral

On July 25, 2013, Fujimura Institute will hosted inaugural Institute Fellow Peter Candler, former professor of Theology at Baylor University and founder of the Theology Studio. He lectured on film auteur Terrence Malick as in his talk, “The Glory of Love’s New World: Terrence Malick’s American Pastoral.”

Download the Transcript & Notes from Peter Candler's talk (PDF)

QU4RTETS More info »

A masterpiece can be said to be a work with the capacity to outlast its time and speak to cultures vastly different from its own; to transcend its time and place and inspire new works by artists in succeeding generations. T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets is such a masterpiece. Learn more »

Golden Sea More info »

Makoto Fujimura's “Golden Sea” monograph will include Fujimura’s major works, alongside essays by Dan Sieldell, Robert Kushner, Kei Tatejima and Nicholas Wolterstorff. The limited-edition volume will be accompanied by a documentary short film which provides a thoughtful overview on his career, tracing his lifelong journey with Nihonga and Contemporary art. Learn more »

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