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VIP Setsuko Ono in Conversation

Setsuko Ono in Conversation with Professor Paul Gladston followed by drinks reception.

14 March, 2018, 6:45pm - 8pm

Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

“Setsuko Ono in Conversation with Paul Gladston”

Contemporary Art and Global Change in the Twenty-First Century.


As the twenty first century unfolds, our understanding of and the ways in which we talk about art are changing significantly. These changes in cultural outlook point to wider transformations of human life related to the impact of globalisation, climate change and ongoing conflicts world-wide. In this unique and timely conversation between the artist, Setsuko Ono and cultural theorist, Paul Gladston, interrelationships between Ono’s life and work and a rapidly changing world will be discussed highlighting pressing critical questions for our time.

About Setsuko Ono

The younger sister of Yoko Ono, Setsuko Ono was born in Tokyo and grew up between Japan, Europe, and the United States. Setsuko worked at the World Bank for 28 years, while pursuing a formal art education in Washington. Setsuko has fourteen permanent public sculptures installed in Havana, Baltimore, Tokyo and at Hara Museum in Japan. She is currently holding part of her first UK exhibition at Asia House.

About Paul Gladston

Paul Gladston is Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures and Critical Theory and Director of the Centre for Contemporary East-Asian Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham. He was recently appointed as inaugural Judith Neilson Chair of Contemporary Art at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. He has written widely on contemporary Asian art with regard to the concerns of critical theory and from 2014 to 2017 was principal founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. His monograph Contemporary Chinese Art: a Critical History (2014) received ‘best publication’ at the Art Awards China (AAC) 2015.

Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, W1G 7LP

Time: Doors open at 6.15pm. Paul Gladston and Setsuko Ono will be in conversation following a brief introduction by Paul Gladston at 6:45pm. After the discussion there will be an audience Q&A.

From 8pm - 9pm there will be the opportunity for catalogue-signings by Setsuko Ono and a selection of refreshments including wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee will also be available for purchase.

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