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Published on May 17, 2012
Japanese artist Takayuki Yamamoto doesn't just make hell fun and educational. His co-created art installations with elementary school children apply youthful imagination to explorations of "the particularities of social systems and customs by which people are raised." For "Phantoms of Asia" (on view at the Asian Art Museum from May 8 to September 2, 2012) he has worked with San Francisco's Bayview area elementary school students to build cardboard dioramas of their personal hells along with a companion video commenting on their structures. His work is entitled, "What Kind of Hell Will We Go."
Lead funding for the Asian Art Museum's Education and Public Programs is provided by the Bank of America Foundation. Major support provided by Douglas Tilden, the Koret Foundation, W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, Freeman Foundation, the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation, The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation, and AT&T. Additional support is provided by Mimi and William H. Gates Sr.