Department of History of Art
5052 Pomerene Hall
174 W. 18th Ave.
Areas of Expertise
- Japanese Art, particularly modern and Contemporary
- Ph.D., History of Art, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
- M.A., Art History, University of British Columbia, 2001
- B.A., Art History and Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 1998
Namiko Kunimoto is a specialist in modern and contemporary Japanese art, with research interests in gender, urbanization, photography, visual culture, performance art, transnationalism, and nation formation.
Her recent essays include “Tanaka Atsuko’s Electric Dress and the Circuits of Subjectivity” published September 2013 in The Art Bulletin and “Shiraga Kazuo: The Buddhist Hero” published in Shiraga/Motonaga: Between Action and the Unknown in 2015. Dr. Kunimoto’s awards include a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship, Japan Foundation Fellowships (2007 and 2016), and a College Art Association Millard/Meiss Author Award. She has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and is an executive member of Japan Arts and Globalization and Vice-President of the Japanese Art History Forum. Her book, The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art, was published in February 2017 by the University of Minnesota Press.