June 11, 2018

Aki Sasamoto Joins Yale School of Art

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT—Yale School of Art has appointed Aki Sasamoto assistant professor in sculpture, beginning in July 2018. Sasamoto arrives at Yale from the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University, where she has served as assistant professor in sculpture since 2014, and from Columbia University School of the Arts, where she served as a mentor in the Master of Fine Arts program from 2012 to 2015. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Wesleyan University.

“Aki Sasamoto’s appointment to the tenure track faculty of the Yale School of Art reflects our commitment to providing students a wide range of perspectives, including non-Western influences with respect to the body and identity,” dean Marta Kuzma said. “Additionally, as a teacher and an artist, Sasamoto further contributes to the rich dialogue between performance, sculpture, and installation as developed since 2012 by Martin Kersels, professor and director of graduate studies in sculpture at Yale School of Art.”

Sasamoto’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Hessel Musuem of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, among other. In 2016, Sasamoto presented the solo exhibition Delicate Cycle at Sculpture Center, New York. In performances and installations, Sasamoto incorporates lectures, demonstrations, and audience participation—practices that naturally extend to working with students—to engage “personified worldviews, unfolding the message behind the language of objects and triggering reflections that linger long past the theatrical encounters.”

Martin Kersels, professor and director of graduate studies in sculpture at Yale, said, “Aki will perfectly fit in with Yale Sculpture and the wide-ranging interests of its graduate students. Her vital enthusiasm and eclectic sensibilities will only add to the already dynamic energy and breadth of the program.”

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