5 to 9 p.m. July 19, 2013


Join NOMA in celebrating the art and culture of Japan with music by Delia Tomino Nakayama & Peter Nu, as well as Shinobu Yamamoto. We will also have an art activity with JETAA in addition to “Art You Can Eat” featuring Pastry Chef Brett Gautier!

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art Activity with JETAA
  • 5:30-6 p.m.: Music by Delia Tomino Nakayama & Peter Nu
  • 6 p.m.: “Art You Can Eat” with Pastry Chef Brett Gautier, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group: “East Meets West: Mochi Ice Cream Dessert Trio” – In tribute to the 1937 world’s fair in Nagoya, Japan, which drew nearly 4x its population
  • 6 p.m.: Lecture by Lisa Rotondo-McCord, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Asian Art: “Japan Goes to the Fair: Japanese Art at the World’s Fairs”
  • 7 p.m.: Music by Shinobu Yamamoto

About the Art Activity with JETAA
Every summer, people throughout Japan celebrate a special festival known as Tanabata, or the Star Festival, writing wishes on colorful strips of paper called tanzaku and hanging the papers from bamboo branches. Make your own tanzaku and learn more about the festival with members from the Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association (JETAAnola).

About Delia Tomino Nakayama & Peter Nu
Delia Tomino Nakayama is a poet, singer/songwriter, teacher, painter and community organizer. A fourth generation Japanese American of mixed heritage (a Hapa Yonsei) Delia enjoys refreshing her spirit with Japanese culture and sharing it with others.

Peter Nu, originally from the UK and 23 year resident of New Orleans, plays the Steel Pan and Piano.

About Art You Can Eat
“Art You Can Eat” is a nine-week summer cooking series featuring the artful culinary creations of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group chefs and special guests. Fridays from June 7 to August 2, 2013, at 6 p.m., chefs from Cafe NOMA, Ralph’s on the Park, Red Fish Grill, cafe b, and Heritage Grill will lead complimentary, educational, and delicious cooking events celebrating NOMA exhibitions and culinary arts from the around the world. “Art You Can Eat” focuses on the tips and tricks behind classic and contemporary cooking, mixology and presentation, with special emphasis on professional techniques made easy. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

About the lecture
The international expositions that began in the mid-19th century offered participating nations unprecedented opportunities to showcase and market their natural resources, manufactured goods and fine and applied arts. Few countries took greater advantage of the platform provided by these early expositions than Japan, which was undergoing rapid modernization. This talk by Lisa Rotondo-McCord, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Asian Art, presents an overview of the Japanese exhibits, as well as the impact of these exhibits on the arts of Europe, and the the impact of the fairs on the art of Japan.

About Shinobu Yamamoto
Shinobu was born and raised in Shizuoka, Japan. Her repertoires include American Jazz songbook and Japanese Jazz standards.
She was a founding member of the band called Play when she was in high school and the band performed in the local clubs.

This event is related to the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs.