See Takashi Murakami’s ‘Jellyfish Eyes’ tonight at the Hirshhorn

May 22

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, known primarily for his “superflat” art philosophy, is in town for a screening of his first live-action feature film, "Jellyfish Eyes" (“Mememe no kurage”), Thursday at the Hirshhorn's Ring Auditorium.

(Photo by Chika Okazumi. Artwork © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.)
(Photo by Chika Okazumi. Artwork © Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.)

Murakami's film combines anime with pop culture-inspired psychedelia in a post-Fukushima world. "Jellyfish Eyes" revolves around young Masashi, a sixth-grader coping with a move to a suburban town and the loss of his father to a natural disaster. He befriends an otherworldly jellyfish creature that he finds in his moving boxes. Masashi soon learns that his classmates have similar pet creatures, which they call F.R.I.E.N.D.s. The CGI companions were gifted to the students by the town’s mysterious and questionable research center.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. screening are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Murakami will lead a discussion of the film with the Hirshhorn’s assistant curator, Mika Yoshitake, after the screening. After appearing at the Hirshhorn, Murakami will continue on his "Jellyfish Eyes" tour with appearances in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. 202-633-1000.

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