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“Rolling Counterpoint” Comes to De Anza

Taro Hattori with "Rolling Counterpoint"

(Photo by Tina Case)

In a time of rampant social conflict, artist Taro Hattori is hoping that a mobile tea house, modeled on historic Japanese structures, can be a venue for thoughtful dialogue about things that divide us and bring us together.

Hattori will bring “Rolling Counterpoint” – a physical structure designed as a work of art and conversation project – to the Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College on Feb. 15. The one-night event will kick off a series of visits to locations around the San Francisco Bay Area, where Hattori will invite visitors to share their perspectives on issues such as immigration, re-segregation, homelessness, social exclusion and income inequality.

At the college, “Rolling Counterpoint” will be presented in association with a public reception for a new exhibit at the Euphrat – entitled “Justice for All?” – consisting of artwork on a theme that ties in with this year’s Silicon Valley Reads campaign.

“Rolling Counterpoint” is based on the historic role of the Japanese tea house as a space for contemplation and communion with others. Even during a period of civil war in the 16th century, Hattori says, tea houses were safe places for “rational discourse, conviviality, political consensus and peace.”

At De Anza and subsequent stops in San Jose, Hattori will invite participants to explore shared histories of scapegoating and social exclusion, including the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and more recent threats of mass deportation and registries for Muslim Americans.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15

Where: Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, 2150 Stevens Creek Blvd.

Admission: Free. The public is welcome.

The South Bay stops for “Rolling Counterpoint” are organized in association with the Audrey Edna Butcher Civil Liberties Education Initiative of the California History Center at De Anza College. "Rolling Counterpoint" is a commission of the Lucas Artist Program at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. It was developed by Hattori while he was in residence at Montalvo’s Lucas Arts Residency Program in 2016.

Read more about "Rolling Counterpoint" at

Learn more about the “Justice for All?” exhibit at

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Last Updated: 2/3/17