Peace Art and Photo Exhibition at Tenri Cultural Institute


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Peace Art and Photo Exhibition

Wednesday, August 2 through Tuesday, August 15
Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Tenri Cultural Institute – 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Admission: Free

The Peace Art and Photo Exhibition at Tenri Cultural Institute provides a great opportunity for New Yorkers to learn about the history of the atomic bombings and contemplate a more peaceful future. There are three facets of this exhibition.

The From Above photography exhibition features portraits of atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as WWII firebombing survivors from European countries. The display is based on Brooklyn-based photographer Paule Saviano’s 2012 book From Above, which was released as a limited edition multi-lingual photo book in English, Japanese, and German. The images and reminisces from these survivors has allowed Saviano to put a human face to the words in the history books.

The book sold out internationally and gained media attention in North America, Japan, Europe, and Australia. From Above has been displayed on multiple occasions in international museums and exhibition spaces, including the United Nations in New York and the Nagasaki Prefecture Museum of Art. His second book, featuring portraits of people affected by the Berlin Wall and the division of Germany, is scheduled for release in this year. Alongside this he is currently in the preliminary stages of a long-term project photographing portraits of transgender youth and adults from around the world.

A full representation of Saviano’s work can be seen on his website or on Instagram at @paulesaviano. From Above can be purchased exclusively through

Soft Sculpture Display
Young Japanese sculptor Natsuko Hattori presents “Last Message” and “The View.” Her sculptures are created from balls that are individually wrapped with fabric, representing warmth, softness, human touch, and love. They are bound together to make up an entire whole.

Hattori created “Last Message” as a result of the passing of her grandmother, who shared with her many stories about the war. Hattori experienced the shocking feeling of death and preciousness of life, as well as love and gratitude to her grandmother.

“Displaying this work for the Peace Exhibition means to show my respect and to mourn all those who have gone before us, including my grandmother,” says Hattori.

“The View” is Hattori’s wish for peace. Each person has his/her important memorable scenery. However, someone’s special place/scenery has been lost by the destruction caused by conflicts and wars which are happening every day. This work conveys her wish for never again losing precious sceneries.

Photo Panels
“Genbakuten: Hiroshima and Nagasaki 1945″ includes 30 posters depicting the story of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that were created by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum for the purpose of peace education.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Buddhist Council of New York and the Interfaith Center of New York, in partnership with Nagasaki Prefectural Government, supported by the Origami Therapy Association, and hosted by Tenri Cultural Institute.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday.
Related Events at Tenri Cultural Institute

  • Saturday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
    Screening of the peace film Paper Lanterns, an origami workshop by the Origami Therapy Association, and a musical performance by Anacoustic Mind.
  • Tuesday, August 8 from 7:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
    Exhibition opening reception, peace concert, and live streaming of the commemoration ceremonies from Nagasaki.
  • Saturday, August 12 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
    Origami workshop by the Origami Therapy Association and an emoji workshop and performance by Taisan Tanaka.

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