Midori Yoshimoto is associate professor of art history and gallery director at New Jersey City University with extensive curatorial background. While earning her Ph.D. at Rutgers University between 1996 and 2002, she served as Assistant Curator at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, realizing several exhibitions, which travelled to Japan. As an independent curator, she has organized Do-It-Yourself Fluxus (Art Interactive, Cambridge, MA, 2003) and New Tale of Our Age, (The Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit, 2009). Yoshimoto has also served as a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, New York since 2004.
Yoshimoto’s areas of expertise are post-1945 Japanese art and its global intersections, with a particular emphasis on women artists, Fluxus, and intermedia art. Her dissertation, Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York, was published in 2005 (Rutgers Univ. Press). She contributed to numerous museum catalogs, including: Yes Yoko Ono (Japan Society, 2000); Japanese Women Artists in Avant-garde Movements (Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art, 2005); Dissonance: Six Japanese Women Artists (Toyota Museum of Art, 2008); Yayoi Kusama (Centre Pompidou, 2011); Ay-O Over the Rainbow Once Again (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2012); and Gutai: Splendid Playground (Guggenheim Museum, 2013).
Her recent academic publications are: “From Space to Environment: The Origins of Kankyō and the Emergence of Intermedia Art in Japan” (Art Journal, 2008); “Women and Fluxus,” special issue of Women and Performance journal (guest-editor, 2009); “Expo ’70 and Japanese Art,” special issue of Review of Japanese Culture and Society (guest-editor, Josai University, 2012); and “Collectivism in Twentieth-Century Japanese Art,” special issue of Positions: Asia Critique (co-editor, Duke Univ. Press, 2013).