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Setsugekka to Host Photography and Ceramic Exhibition Featuring Cats in the ’80s

Cats in the ‘80s of New York

Friday, February 23 through Sunday, March 4
Opening Reception: Friday, February 23 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Cat Tea Ceremony: Sunday, February 25 from 11:00 a.m. until noon

Setsugekka – 74 E. 7th Street (between First and Second Avenues)

Admission: Free for exhibition ($45 for tea ceremony)

East Village teashop Setsugekka will hold a cat-themed photography and ceramic exhibition featuring the works of New York-based Japanese artist Sawami Aoki. In conjunction with Aoki’s exhibition, tea master Souheki Mori will perform a cat tea ceremony using the artist’s cat-designed tea bowls.

For the past 30 years, Aoki has photographed cats in New York. This is her third photography exhibition of cats in New York, and this time it will focus on the East Village and the West Village during the 1980s. Featuring cats living in bookstores and fish markets, the exhibition shows how cats are loved dearly by New Yorkers.

Born and raised in Japan, Aoki is a graduate of Shukugawa Gakuin College, where she studied Commercial Design, Sculptures and Oil Paintings. She started her career as an artist after she moved to New York in 1985, exhibiting in New York and throughout Japan using various media of oil painting, ceramics, sculptures, design, and photography. This will not be her first exhibition with cats as the subject. In 2014 Aoki had a solo Ceramic and Cat Photo Exhibition at Globus Washitsu, a solo photo cat exhibition in Osaka in 2015, and a group exhibition in 2016 entitled “NEKO TEN – Cat art by five women” at Japan Information Center Gallery at the Consulate General of Japan in NY.

Aoki has received numerous awards; most recently she earned third prize in the 17th Tokyo-New York Ceramic Competition by Ceramic Artist Friendship Association, Inc. in 2016.

For more information and to purchase your ticket to the Cat Tea Ceremony on February 25, please visit Setsugekka’s website.