Aki Sasamoto appointed assistant professor in sculpture

A performance piece by artist Aki Sasamoto depicting a woman standing on her hands in a blue-shaded tunnel.
“Delicate Cycle,” 2016, performance view (courtesy of Aki Sasamoto)

Artist Aki Sasamoto will join the Yale School of Art in July as an assistant professor in sculpture.

Sasamoto’s work is positioned at the intersection of performance and sculpture where she creates object scenarios out of narratives and actions. As her performance and installation works often incorporate lectures, demonstrations, and audience participation, Sasamoto says she understands teaching as a natural extension of her art practice, engaging her audiences as well as her students with, in her own words, “personified worldviews, unfolding the message behind the language of objects and triggering reflections that linger long past the theatrical encounters.” 

Marta Kuzma, the dean of Yale School of Art, said that “Aki Sasamoto’s appointment to the tenure track faculty of the Yale School of Art reflects our commitment to providing to students a wide range of perspectives, including non-Western influences with respect to the body and identity.”

Born in 1980 in Kanagawa, Japan, Sasamoto comes to Yale from the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University where she had been assistant professor in sculpture since 2014. She also served as a member of Columbia University M.F.A.’s mentor program from 2012 to 2015. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Sasamoto earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University School of Art.

Sasamoto’s exhibition history includes “Delicate Cycle,” a recent solo exhibition at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, along with numerous group exhibitions such as “Out Of Doubt: Roppongi Crossing 2013,” Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan (2013); “A Spoken Word Exhibition,” Jeu de Paume in Paris, France (2013); “A LIKENESS HAS BLISTERS,” Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2012); and the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Recent performances include “Sunny in the Furnace,” The Kitchen in New York (2014), and “WE LIVE WITH ANIMALS” for Performa 13 in New York (2013).

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