A Finding Aid to the George Tsutakawa in Japan Video Project, 1988-1990, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.tsutgeor
Creators:
Tsutakawa, George
Dates:
1988-1990
Languages:
Multiple languages
The collection is in English and Japanese.
Physical Description:
4 Linear feet
Repository:
The George Tsutakawa in Japan video project measures 4 linear feet and contains unedited video recordings of Tsutakawa's return trip to his childhood home in central Japan. The recordings, made by the West Coast Regional Center of the Archives of American Art in 1988, were subsequently edited into the 23-minute documentary George Tsutakawa: An Artist's Pilgrimage, also included in this collection.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The George Tsutakawa in Japan video project measures 4 linear feet and contains unedited video recordings of Tsutakawa's return trip to his childhood home in central Japan. The recordings, made by the West Coast Regional Center of the Archives of American Art in 1988, were subsequently edited into the 23-minute documentary George Tsutakawa: An Artist's Pilgrimage, also included in this collection.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 2 series.
  • Series 1: Unedited Video for Documentary, 1988 (3.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-4)
  • Series 2: George Tsutakawa: An Artist's Pilgrimage, 1990 (3 folders; Box 4)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
George Tsutakawa (1910-1997) was a painter and sculptor based in Seattle, Washington. Born in Seattle in 1910, he moved with his mother to Fukuyama, Japan, at the age of seven. While there, he took an interest in art, and was influenced by traditional Japanese practices. Returning to Seattle at age 16, he continued his education in art at the University of Washington. His interest in sculpture led to numerous commissions for fountians worldwide, a form that combined his experiences in both the Pacific Northwest and Japan. During his career, Tsutakawa designed, built, and installed over 70 fountains.
Following a 1987 interview with Tsutakawa conducted by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the Archives' West Coast Regional Center took the opportunity to further document Tsutakawa's experience as a Japanese-American artist. Fourteen hours of video were recorded over a three-week period in the fall of 1988, centered around the Fountain of Lotus, a sculpture Tsutakawa was commissioned to design for a new art museum in his childhood home of Fukuyama, Japan. Tsutakawa is accompanied by members of his family, including his wife Ayame, his daughter Mayumi, and his son Gerard.
The video crew for this project included Paul Karlstrom (Archives of American Art West Coast regional director), Ken Levine (director and videographer), and Dan Gadd (videographer). The project was made possible by a Smithsonian Research Opportunities Grant and additional private donations, as well as an equipment loan from Sony.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Some of the video recordings in this collection have been copied for research access and digital copies are available in the Archives of American Art offices.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Tim Lake in 2019.
Author
Tim Lake

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Preferred Citation
George Tsutakawa in Japan video project, 1988-1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from the Archives of American Art.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.

Related Materials
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview recorded on video June 26-27, 1987 by his daughter Mayumi Tsutakawa, as well as the George Tsutakawa papers, 1953-1991.

Keywords
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Painters -- Washington (State) -- Seattle Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- Washington (State) -- Seattle Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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