Gutai-influenced Artists to Visit Museum

For Immediate Release
January 21, 2013
Media Contact:
Chris Potash
(610) 432-4333 ext. 125


The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley    is partnering with         FUSE art infrastructure    to participate in
LOLLIPOP: Gutai Influences
February 10 – March 2, 2013
A group of twenty-five artists traveling from Osaka, Japan, to Allentown will take part in LOLLIPOP: Gutai Influences, organized by FUSE Art Infrastructure (; 614 Washington Street, Allentown).

For three weeks, members of the Japanese artist group AU (Art Unidentified), led by internationally renowned Miyuki Nishizawa, will live in Allentown and create work at Cigar Factory Studios, hold workshops at area colleges and universities, present work at private galleries, and hold public performances and exhibitions throughout the Lehigh Valley, beginning with a public meet-and-greet at the Allentown Art Museum on February 10.

The group’s visit to Allentown coincides with the opening of an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Splendid Playground (February 15–May 8, 2013), which explores the Gutai movement of Japan as one of the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and ’60s (see Shozo Shimamoto, mentor and friend to many of the LOLLIPOP artists, is a prominent figure in the historic Guggenheim show. He is one of the leaders and cofounders of Gutai (which means “embodiment”) and founder and president of the three-hundred-member artists’ group AU (Art Unidentified).

Sunday, February 10,  1:30-3pm 
Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley  ∙  31 North Fifth Street, Allentown
Japanese artist Miyuki Nishizawa, who is known for wearing elaborate dresses she constructs out of newspaper, will lead a troupe of Osaka-based artists influenced by the avant-garde Gutai movement around the Museum, interacting with visitors as they go. FREE admission to Museum on Sundays; or
Friday, February 22, 5-7pm
Cigar Factory Gallery  ∙  707 North 4th Street, Allentown 
Opening reception for LOLLIPOP: Shimamoto Meme, an exhibit of work created in-residence by Miyuki Nishizawa and the artist group AU (Art Unidentified) from Osaka, Japan. Exhibition curated by Kiki Nienaber, Director, FUSE Art Infrastructure;
Saturday, February 23,  5-7pm 
Soft Machine Gallery  ∙  101 Ridge Avenue, Allentown
Stage, a collaborative piece between Pina Bausch‒trained  dancer Aya Iida of Osaka, Japan, and visual artist Gregory Coates’ site-specific installation, which is on view in the Gallery beginning January 26. Stage is part of LOLLIPOP, a FUSE Art Infrastructure production.
For more information and a complete schedule of LOLLIPOP events, go to