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A BODY IN FUKUSHIMA at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine | Eiko + Koma
A BODY IN FUKUSHIMA at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
photo by William Johnston

A BODY IN FUKUSHIMA at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

  • Oct 6, 2016-March 12, 2017
  • Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
  • A Body in Fukushima, (her collaborative work with historian and photographer William Johnston) is on view at the Cathedral of Saint John Divine as a part of the Cathedral's larger art exhibition, The Christa Project. Eiko is named as an artist in residence for the year and co-curates her photo exhibition,  performances, and other activities, all of which explore the dignity and transcendence inherent in the ordinary and the disregarded.

    The opening was October 6, 2016 and Eiko performed in the reception along with Paul Winter.

    Eiko conceives A Body in Fukushima at the Cathedral as a mutable exhibition that changes its shape, content and implications over time. As an artist in residence at the Cathedral for a year, Eiko has designed the exhibition to expand from time to time to other areas within the Cathedral in order to include either additional photos from Fukushima or other photos of Eiko taken by Johnston in other locations, such as the Moran Coal Plant in Burlington, VT, Valparaiso, Chile, and Indian Point, NY. On these occasions, the A Body in Fukushima exhibition will be amplified into a more comprehensive exhibition, A Body in Places.

    The exhibition Christ Project as a whole will explore the language, symbol, art and ritual associated with the historic concept of the Christ image, and the ways the transcendent is manifested in every person, across every gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. The exhibition, co-curated by Hannah Wolfe Eisner, will also feature Christa, a depiction in bronze by Edwina Sandys of Christ as a crucified female, which caused enormous controversy when it was first displayed at the Cathedral in 1984.

    Also on view in the Christa Project exhibition are works by Meredith Bergmann, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Holly Trostle Brigham, Loren Eiferman, Nona Faustine, Jackie Fawn, Terry Flaxton, Fredericka Foster, Gabriel García Román, Janice Gordon, Hélène Gugenheim, Jenny Hankwitz, Emma Lindström, Heidi Loening, Ted Meyer, Edwina Sandys, Kiki Smith, Esmay Wagemans, Kara Walker and Bettina Witteveen.


    Oct. 6, 2016: 6:30-8:30 pm
    Opening Reception of A Body in Fukushima and Chirista Project

    Nov. 1-5, 2016:
    The first expansion of the exhibition will show the photos from other Fukushima locations (on the Cathedral’s center platform).

    Jan. 23-Feb 10 (except Feb 2-6), 2017:
    The second expansion of the exhibition will show photos from other locations (on the floor of the long passageway in the Cathedral Nave).

    March 9-11:
    The third expansion of the exhibition (on the center platform and on the floor of the Nave) will be the most comprehensive A Body in Fukushima exhibition. This will be the backdrop for the commemoration of March 11 Fukushima disaster ).

    See Eiko's Performance Schedule at the Cathedral

    The Cathedral is open 7:30 am–6 pm daily.
    The Visitor Center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
    Please note that there is limited access to parts of the Cathedral on Sundays—full access on Sundays is between 1 and 3 pm.

    Cathedral Reception at (212) 316-7490 during business hours or call the Visitor Center at (212) 316-7540.