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Rolling CounterPoint: A Community Conversation Project

 February 16-19, 2017
12:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m


Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 North Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112


Commissioned by Montalvo Arts Center, Rolling Counterpoint, is a new project by Bay Area artist Taro Hattori that draws on the tradition of the Japanese teahouse to create a physical and virtual space for encounter and dialogue about community and belonging in the Bay Area and beyond. The Japanese teahouse historically served as a space for contemplation and communion with others. In 16th Century Japan, against the backdrop of civil war, tea masters became political go-betweens while teahouses served as radically egalitarian spaces of nonviolence and provided opportunities for rational discourse, conviviality, political consensus and peace. Using this history as a point of departure, Hattori reimagines the teahouse as a meeting space and dialogical zone where diverse people from all walks of life can come together to share stories and experiences about about what belonging means to them. 

In association with the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 2017, which authorized the mass forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, Rolling Counterpoint will be temporarily stationed at the Japanese American Museum in San Jose on February 16 to February 19. Visitors are invited to share tea with artist Taro Hattori during Museum hours and explore why it is important to remember Executive Order 9066. Members of the public will also be encouraged to use the experience of 9066 as a point of departure to share their thoughts about what belonging means to them and discuss forms of exclusion, displacement, and discrimination that they have either experienced or witnessed in their communities.

Learn more at: http://rollingcounterpoint.weebly.com/


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