Mika Yoshitake

Mika Yoshitake

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    About Mika Yoshitake

    Mika Yoshitake is an independent curator with expertise in postwar Japanese art. She earned her MA and PhD in Art History from UCLA, which culminated in the AICA-USA award-winning exhibition and catalogue Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha (2012), introducing the late 1960s Japanese art movement, Mono-ha (School of Things) into an international context. Her most recent curatorial projects include Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s (2019) at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles and Topologies (2018), at The Warehouse in Dallas, TX. Currently, Yoshitake is guest curator of Yoshitomo Nara, an international retrospective originating at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2020), KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature at New York Botanical Garden (2021), co-curator of a solo retrospective at M+ Hong Kong (2022) and co-curating a major exhibition on climate justice at the Hammer Museum (2024). She was previously Curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2011–2018), where she organized Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (2017–19), a six-venue North American tour, among numerous other exhibitions; guest curator for the 2014 International Artist in Residence program at Artpace San Antonio; curatorial liaison for Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity (2011) at the Guggenheim, New York; and project coordinator for the international tour of © MURAKAMI (2007–2009) originating at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Yoshitake has published writings on Carl Andre, Takashi Arai, Adam Helms, Donald Judd, Yayoi Kusama, Kwon Youngwoo, Lee Ufan, Shana Lutker, Takashi Murakami, Kazumi Nakamura, Yoshitomo Nara, Shōzō Shimamoto, Kishio Suga, Miwa Yanagi, among others.


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