Shigeko Kubota | i |
last name: Kubota
first name: Shigeko
birthday: 1937
birth-place: Niigata (Japan)

Shigeko Kubota brings a singular sensibility to her extensive body of video sculptures, multi-media installations, and single-channel videos. Over her five-decade career, Kubota has forged a lyrical confluence of the personal and the technological, often merging vibrant electronic processing techniques with images of nature, culture, art and everyday life. A prominent Fluxus artist in the 1960s, she has created an ongoing, idiosyncratic video diary since the 1970s. Her first works in the seventies included videos, performances and videosculptures.


1937 Kubota was born in 1937 in Niigata, Japan.
1960 Received a B.A. in sculpture from Tokyo University of Education, Japan.
1964 Moved to New York; in the same year she became the Vice Chairman of the Fluxus Organization.
1965-66 Studied at New York University, USA.
1966-67 Studied at New School for Social Research, New York, USA.
1967-68 Studied at Art School of the Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA.
1972 Produced Europe on 1/2 Inch a Day, the first of her video diaries.
1972 Helped to coordinate the first annual Women’s Video Festival at the Kitchen
1973 Began exploring image processing equipment at WNET’s TV Lab and produced Video Girls and Video Songs for Navajo Skies.
1974-82 Video Curator of Anthology Film Archives.
1978 Teacher of Video Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA.
1964 Naigua Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
1972, 75 The Kitchen, New York, New York, USA.
1973 Wabash Transit Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
1973, 75, 78 Everson Museum of Art Syracuse, New York, USA.
1975, 76 and/or Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA.
1976, 77 Rene Block Gallery, New York, New York, USA.
1978 Museum of Modern Art, “Projects,” New York, New York, USA.
1978 Japan House Gallery, New York, New York, USA.
1978 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.
1979 Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen, Colorado, USA.
1981 D.A.A.D. Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
1981 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
1981 Atholl McBean Gallery, San Francisco Institute of Art, San Francisco, California, USA.
1982 Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland.
1982 Folkwang Museum, Essen, West Germany.
1984 The Kitchen, Marcel Duchamp’s Grave (revived), New York, USA.
1983 White Columns, New York, USA.
1983 Grey Art Gallery Window, New York University, New York, USA.
1983 The University Art Museum, Berkeley, California, USA.
1983 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angels, California, USA.
1983 Fondo del Sol, Visual Art & Media Center, Washington D.C., USA.
1985 The Kitchen, New York, USA.
1986 New Langton Arts Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA.
1986 Piezo Electric, Venice, California, USA.
1991 American Museum of the Moving Image, “Shigeko Kubota, Video Sculpture,” Retrospective, Astoria, New York, USA.
1992 Stedelijk Museum, “Shigeko Kubota 1975-1992,” Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1992 Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, “Shigeko Kubota, Video Installation,” Retrospective, Tokyo, Japan.
1993 Kunsthalle in Kiel, “Shigeko Kubota, Video Sculpture,” Kiel, Germany.
1993 Weisser Raum, “Shigeko Kubota, Video Sculpture,” Hamburg, Germany.
1993 Ford Artistico, Eisfabrik, “Shigeko Kubota Video Sculpture,” Hannover, Germany.
1994 Fondazione Mudima, “Shigeko Kubota, Video as a Form of Spiritual Collision with the World,” Milano Italy.
1996 Whitney Museum of American Art, “Shigeko Kubota,” June 19 / August 25, 1996 New York, USA.
1996 Lance Fung Gallery, “Video is Ghost of Yourself,” May 2-August 2, 1996 New York, USA.
1996 DUCHAMPIANA (1968-1995)
1996 Sculptures Video (1975-1995)
1996 Shigeko Kubota a Teeny Galerie de Paris, February 9 – March 16, Paris, France,
1996 Eric Fabre Gallery, February 1996, Paris, France.
1962 Tokyo Municipal Museum, “Yomiuri Shimbun Independent Exhibition”, Japan.
1973 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, “Circuit: A Video International” (video catalogue), New York, USA.
1973 The Kitchen, “First Annual NY Video Festival”, New York, USA.
1973 The Kitchen, “Yellow, Black, White, and Red”, New York, USA.
1973 Ninth Annual Avant-Garde Festival, New York, USA.
1973 Wesleyan University, “Video Exhibition”, Middletown, Connecticut, USA.
1974 Harvard University, “Video Celebration for John Cage”, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
1974 Kolnischer Kunsteverein, “Projekt 74”, Cologne, West Germany.
1974 Museum of Modern Art, “Open Circuits: The Future of Television”, New York, USA.
1974 State University of New York at Buffalo, “Women in Film & Video”, USA.
1974 Tenjo-Daijiki-kan, “Tokyo-New York Video Express” Tokyo, Japan.
1974 Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo, Japan.
1975 Whitney Museum of American Art, “Projected Video”, New York, USA.
1975 Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, “Art Now 1975”, Washington D.C., USA.
1975 Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, “Video Art” (exhibition catalogue), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
1976 Akadamie der Kunste, “Soho-Berlin Festival”, Berlin, Germany.
1977 Museum of Modern Art, “Projects Video VII”, New York, USA.
1977 Documenta 6 (exhibition catalogue), Kassel, West Germany.
1977 Long Beach Museum of Art, California “Southland Video Anthology” (exhibition catalogue), USA.
1977 Museo Carillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico.
1978 Art Gallery of Ontario, “Autobiography,” Toronto, Canada.
1978 Institute for Art & Urban Resources, P.S.1, “Couples”, Long Island City, New York, USA.
1979 Museum Folkwang, “Videoweeks Essen ’79,” Essen, West Germany.
1979 Whitney Museum of American Art, “Shigeko Kubota/Taka Iimura: New Video” (exhibition catalogue), USA.
1980 Akademie der Kunste, “Fur Augen und Ohren,” Berlin Institut, Berlin, Germany.
1980 Aiemany de Barcelona, “Video Informative Series 2,” Barcelona, Spain.
1980 Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, “Ecouter par les Yeux,” France.
1981 Takanawa Museum, Karuizawa, Japan.
1981 The Seibu Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
1981 Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA.
1981 The Bronx Museum “Video Classics,” Bronx, New York, USA.
1982 National Video Festival, Kennedy Center Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C., USA.
1983 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA.
1983 Palais de Beaux Art, Brussels, Belgium.
1983 Toyama Museum of Modern Art, “Art and Technology,” Toyama, Japan.
1983 Focal Point Media Center, “Transformations,” Seattle, Washington, USA.
1984 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1984 Societe des Expositions, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium.
1984 Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA.
1984 Sprengel Museum, Hanover, West Germany.
1984 Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1985 Hofstra Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, New York, USA.
1985 Kulturhuset, The Stockholm Culture House, Sweden Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico.
1985 Kunsthalle Mannheim, West Germany.
1986 Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana, USA.
1986 Neuberger Museum, “The Window”, Purchase, New York, USA.
1986 Villa Stuck, Munich, West Germany.
1987 Documenta 8, Kassel, West Germany.
1987 Houston Contemporary Art Museum, “The Widow,” Houston, Texas, USA.
1987 Piezo Electric, New York, USA.
1987 Spiral Gallery, Japan ’87 Video-TV Festival, Tokyo, Japan.
1987 Philadelphia Museum of Art, A Centennial Tribute Apropos of Marcel Duchamp (installation on Duchamp and Chess), USA.
1987 Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
1987 International House of Philadelphia, Neighborhood Film/Video Project, USA.
1988 Art Space, Australian Video Festival, Sydney, Australia.
1988 Japanisches Kulturinstitut, 3rd Videonale, Bonn, West Germany.
1988 Museum Ludwig, “Ubrigens Sterben Immer Die Anderen. Marcel Duchamp und Die Avantgarde Seit 1950”, Cologne, West Germany.
1988 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York at the Equitable Center, “Video Art Expanded Forms”, New York, USA.
1988 Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.
1988 Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, “Inter-action: Light, Sound, Motion”, Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA.
1989 Kongress Halle, Berlin, West Germany.
1989 Kolnischer Kunstverein und Dumonthalle, “Video Skulptur Retrospektiv und Aktuell 1963-1989”, Cologne, West Germany.
1990 Sydney Biennale, Australia.
1990 Venice Biennale, Italy.
1990 Taormina Arte, Sicily, Italy.
1991 Artec 91, Nagoya, Japan.
1991 Baghoomian Gallery, “Social Sculpture,” New York, USA.
1992 The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.
1993 8e Festival International d’Art Vidéo Clermont Ferrand, France.
1993 Mediale, “Feuer, Erde, Wasser, Luft,” Hamburg, Germany.
1993 Lyon Biennial, Musee d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France.
1993 Venice Biennial, “Passagio ad Oriente,” Venice, Italy.
1993 Electronic Art/Philips 1993, Berlin, Germany.
1993 Barbala Gladstone Gallery, “Matthew Barney, Shigeko Kubota, Bruce Nauman, Marcel Odenbach, Sierrick Sorin,” New York, USA.
1993 Walker Art Center, “In the Spirit of Fluxus,” Minneapolis, Minnesota, traveled to Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA.
1993 The Wexner Center, Columbus Ohio; The San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USA.
1994 “Duchamp’s Leg,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1994 Lincoln Center, Set in Motion, New York, USA.
1994 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, USA.
1994 Yokohama Museum of Art, “Scream Against the Sky,” Yokohama, Japan
1995 Istanbul Biennale ’95, Istanbul, Turkey.
1995 Kwangju Biennale ’95, INFO-ART, September 19 – November 20, Kwangju, Korea.
1995 Venice Biennale, Asiana, Contemporary Art From the Far East, Palazzo Vendramin Calergi, Venice, Italy.
1995 “Collection in Context – Gazing Back: Shigeko Kubota and Mary Lucier,” July 7 – September 10, Lobby Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA.
1995 “Scream Against the Sky,” San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art San Francisco, USA.
1996 Jeu de Paume, Paris. “Les cases conjugugées” en hommage à Teeny Duchamp, March 5 – April 28, Paris, France.
1972 Europe on 1/2 Inch a Day (source:
1972 Marcel Duchamp and John Cage (source:
1973 Video Girls and Video Songs for Navajo Sky (source :
1973-75 My Father (source:
1978 Merce by Merce by Paik Part Two: Merce and Marcel (source:
1982 Allan ‘n’ Allen’s Complaint (source:
1984 Trip to Korea (source:
1985 SoHo SoAp/Rain Damage (source:
1986 Rock Video: Cherry Blossom (source:
1994 George Maciunas With Two Eyes 1972, George Maciunas With One Eye 1976 (source:
1994 Video Installations 1970-1994 (source:
1998 Sexual Healing (source:
1999 April is the Cruelest Month (source:
2006 Winter in Miami 2005 (source:
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