Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2017

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Museum Studies


College of Arts and Sciences


Museum Studies

First Advisor

Stephanie A. Brown


In the last decade, there has been a telling increase of attention given to contemporary Asian artists exhibited in the United States and Europe. Since 2008, artists from China, Japan, South Korea, and Central Asia have been featured in exhibitions from the Venice Biennale to the Whitney Biennale, and are becoming ever more present on the Western art stage. Meanwhile, curatorial practice, once focused on the care of objects, is shifting to encompass a wider range of creative activity. Curators are taking time to engage with living artists in a collaborative setting, rather than as impartial facilitators. This capstone seeks to address the lack of non-Western art in the rural United States Southwest in an effort to further the academic conversation around contemporary Japanese artistic practices. Through the publication of an exhibition catalogue, Northern Arizona will have the opportunity to engage with the ongoing intercultural dialogue on the globalized artistic stage, and support the international practice of emerging contemporary artist Yasuaki Onishi.