Western Exposures: Shomei Tomatsu and Postwar Japan

Related Exhibition Shomei Tomatsu

Saturday, May 13, 2006, 2:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Growing up in the Netherlands and Japan in the years following World War II, Buruma gained a unique perspective on how Western culture had infiltrated the East. The author of several books examining Japanese culture and history, Buruma comes to SFMOMA for a special program reflecting on Japanese perspectives on America and the West and the ways in which postwar culture shaped the work of Shomei Tomatsu and other Asian artists of his generation.


Ian Buruma, Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, Bard College