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Announcing 2024 Call to Dream: The Sam Francis Fellowship Curatorial Recipients, Kris Kuramitsu and Mihoko Nishikawa

Call to Dream: The Sam Francis Fellowship is an international artist residency exchange honoring Sam Francis’s life-long practice of collaboration with artists from around the globe, including working periods in Mexico City, Paris, Tokyo, and New York. Provided with both airfare and a living and transportation stipend, Kuramitsu and Nishikawa will spend one month as curators-in-residence in Tokyo and LA, respectively, this upcoming fall. ⁠ ⁠

LA-based Kris Kuramitsu is a contemporary art curator and educator in Los Angeles. She is Senior Curator at Large at The Mistake Room, where she has organized exhibitions and programs such as Matsumi Kanemitsu: Metamorphic Effects (2014); Cao Fei: Shadow Plays (2015); Carlos Amorales: A Film Trilogy (2015); Histories of a Vanishing Present: A Prologue (2016) (co-curator); A Tender Spot: Sky Hopinka and Karrabing Film Collective (2018); Susu Attar: Isthmus (2018); Gaëlle Choisne: Temple of Love – ADORABLE (2019); and Where the Sea Remembers (2019) (co-curator).

As an independent curator, Kuramitsu has organized exhibitions for institutions such as LAXART, Los Angeles; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California; Instituto Cervantes, Madrid; Paramo, Guadalajara; and the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles in addition to managing private art collections.

In 2019, she launched the Candlewood Arts Festival—an ongoing temporary public art exhibition project for the Under the Sun Foundation in the Anza Borrego Desert, with its next iteration scheduled for March 2024. Most recently, she curated Voice a Wild Dream: Moments in Asian American Art and Activism, 1968-2022 at OxyArts, Los Angeles, and taught a parallel class in the Art & Art History department at Occidental College.

Tokyo based Mihoko Nishikawa is a Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT). Her interest is in immaterial forms of expression such as performance, conceptual art, and video art from the 1960s. She has worked with artists, who critically engage with museums and social systems, such as MOT Annual 2012: Making Situations and Editing Landscapes and MOT Annual 2022: My justice might be someone else’s pain.

Nishikawa has organized a retrospective exhibition of Ay-O, a Japanese Fluxus artist, Ay-O: Over the Rainbow Once More; followed by a Fluxus concert in 2014. Recently she co-curated the Fluxus artist’s exhibition, Viva Video!: The Art and Life of Shigeko Kubota (2022). She is also involved in collections and restoration projects of video and time-based works. 

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