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March 11 – July 11, 2021

As its first exhibition upon reopening to the public, Japan Society is pleased to present When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan. Opening on the tenth anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the exhibition celebrates the resilient spirit of Japanese architecture and craftsmanship through woodworking tools, architectural patterns, and models. The site-specific exhibition design, conceived by the esteemed architect Sou Fujimoto in collaboration with Brooklyn-based Popular Architecture, introduces major themes from the exhibition and is in dialogue with the gallery’s spaces, highlighting an enduring connection between traditional Japanese wooden construction and modern architecture.

Featuring a variety of hand tools and wooden models reflecting joinery techniques that have been used for hundreds of years to build Japan’s wooden architectural masterpieces (from temples and shrines to bridges), the exhibition unpacks the intangible qualities of craftsmanship, such as consummate experience, expertise, and the honed skills of master carpenters in Japanese architecture. A diverse array of tools—planes, chisels, saws—have played an important role in the development of architecture in Japan, and this philosophy extends to Japan’s cultural heritage today. Integral to the processes of master carpenters (tōryō) is their extensive knowledge of the local environment and of wood as a material. Using natural resources and learning from their predecessors’ practices, they construct buildings using a refined methodology. Their philosophy of sustainability—for example, joinery can be restored or repaired as needed by future craftspeople—has been handed down over generations.
Themes emerging from the exhibition have been introduced by the internationally acclaimed architect Sou Fujimoto. His firm, Sou Fujimoto Architects, is based in Tokyo and Paris, and has been selected as site design producer for the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka, Japan. Fujimoto has designed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London (2013) among other internationally recognized projects. For this exhibition, Fujimoto has worked with Popular Architecture, as local partner to explore the coexistence of nature and architecture.

Program details are subject to change. Please visit for ticketing information and programming updates.

Carpentry Tools Demonstration, Online
April 2021
May 2021
Join a trained carpenter in this two-part series of live, online demonstrations highlighting how to use traditional Japanese carpentry tools. In partnership with Kezurou-kai USA, each event will focus on a different tool and techniques. This is a free event with advanced registration required.

Carpentry Tools Workshop, Online
April 2021
$50/$40 Japan Society members, seniors & students, event registration includes free admission to the on-site gallery
Join a trained carpenter in this two-hour workshop as they demonstrate traditional techniques in Japanese carpentry and share strategies for tool usage. In partnership with Kezurou-kai USA. Advanced registration is required.

Family Workshop, Online
June 6, 2021 at 11 AM
$30/$24 Japan Society members; event registration includes free admission to the on-site gallery exhibition for one family (up to 2 adults).
This educational workshop invites guests to create their own architectural space inspired by the exhibition, using materials found in the home. For families and caretakers with children aged 5–11. Advanced registration required (maximum number of families 20).

Lecture: Sou Fujimoto, Online
June 24, 2021
$12/$10 students & seniors, essential workers | FREE for Japan Society members, event registration includes free admission to the on-site gallery
This keynote lecture by the exhibition’s architect Sou Fujimoto discusses his work and connections between contemporary architectural practice and traditional craftsmanship. This event may occur on-site; please check future announcements on our website.

Virtual Gallery Tours, Online
Upon request from April 1
Flat rate (up to 40 people): $150 adults/$100 seniors & university students
Take an immersive, multimedia tour of the exhibition led by a Japan Society docent.
Two weeks advance request recommended.

K-12 School Gallery Tours, Online
Upon request from April 1
K-12 school groups can schedule virtual gallery tours for an interactive art experience led by trained museum educators, who incorporate close-looking, personal connections, inquiry, and related activities for K-12 students. Two weeks advance request recommended.

THE PILLOWMAN by Martin McDonagh
Thursday through Sunday at 8pm
With select holiday blackout dates
March 11 through April 3
The Black Box Performing Arts Center, Inc

The Black Box Performing Arts Center, Inc., presents Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, presented in special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

One of the Tri-State area's only open theaters, The Black Box PAC is located in Englewood, NJ - right over the George Washington Bridge. Following this past November's successful re-opening run of Edward Albee’s critically acclaimed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf - performed in accordance with health guidelines to keep both audiences and performers safe. Like ...Virginia Woolf, The Pillowman was chosen for a group of close-knit actors. The intimate show is perfect for BBPAC’s professional Repertory Company, as the small set allows the actors to be distanced from the audience. The theater’s set up also allows for safety, as the front and back doors will be open during performances to allow for airflow, and the flexible seating allows for spacing between the audience and the actors. Masks are required by all audience members. Attendees will also be asked to fill out a COVID screening form for contact tracing purposes. Operating at limited capacity with only a select number of seats available, patrons are strongly encouraged to order tickets ahead of time to guarantee admission.

With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, THE PILLOWMAN centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art. (Courtesy of Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

The Pillowman runs March 11 through April 3, Thursday through Sunday at 8pm (with select holiday blackout dates). Tickets can be purchased at at $40 for adults and $35 for students/seniors.

Black Box Performing Arts Center | 49 E Palisade Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631.

Satellite Collective announces
Nearly 1,000 Artists Present Online Exhibition of
Worldwide Game of TELEPHONE
ONLINE LAUNCH: April 10, 2021

More than 950 artists from 70 countries played a game of TELEPHONE, in which a message was passed from art form to art form. The message could become a poem, then a painting, then a film, then a dance, as it was passed 7,177,703 kilometers between 489 cities. An interactive, online exhibition of these hundreds of original, interconnected works will debut to the public for free on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9am EST at This particular game of TELEPHONE was started on March 23, 2020 and will be available after running for 383 days.

Only a handful of staff members know the original message of TELEPHONE. The participating artists are only aware of the work that directly preceded their own, and do not know how their own work was translated or further translated in subsequent. When TELEPHONE becomes publicly available, it will be the first time that any of the artists get to see the exhibition in full. Satellite Collective ( incubated the first generation of Telephone with Nathan Langston, and partners now with TELEPHONE as a select group of artists from the game join the Satellite Collective Fellows.

Theater Resources Unlimited
March Panel Via Zoom
Rethinking Marketing Strategies to Reach the Wider Virtual Audience
Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 5:30pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the monthly Panel, Rethinking Marketing Strategies to Reach the Wider Virtual Audience on Thursday, March 25, 2021 via Zoom. The panel will be led by Roger Gonzalez of Alliance Media Theatricals &, Monica Hammond of Big Leap Brands (former director of marketing for Davenport Theatrical Enterprises) and Toni Isreal of Realemn Productions (former managing director of Walker International Communications).

Reserve a spot on the TRU event page at, or by emailing - you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit

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