Mika Yoshitake

photo Mika Yoshistake
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Art History
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Mika Yoshitake is one of the few specialists in the world on postwar Japanese art in the field of contemporary art history, as well as a proud parent of a two-year old girl, Sora.


Current Outside Position

Independent Curator

Curator (2011-2018), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. 

At the Hirshhorn, Mika Yoshitake curated:

  • Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (2017)
  • Shana Lutker: Le 'NEW' Monocle, Chapters 1-3 (2015-16)
  • Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (2015)
  • Days of Endless Time (with Kelly Gordon), Speculative Forms, and Gravity’s Edge (all 2014)
  • Sitebound: Photography from the Collection and Dark Matters (with Melissa Ho in 2012)


  • "Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950" (2013)
  • "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" (2012)

She is currently working on a survey of contemporary Japanese Art for Blum & Poe in Los Angeles. She just opened “Topologies” (May 14-Dec 28, 2018) at The Warehouse in Dallas. She is also traveling with “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” which is currently on its North American tour through February 2019.



Featured in Cultured’s “The 9 Curators You Need to Know in 2018”

Featured in artnet's "25 Women Curators Shaking Things up: From New York to Munich and Mumbai, women curators to watch"



AICA-USA award-winning exhibition and book, Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha (2012)

Has also published in:

  • Artforum
  • Art in America
  • Exposure
  •  Numerous exhibition catalogues including:
    • Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (2017)
    • Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place (Dia Art Foundation, 2014)
    • Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-garde (MoMA, 2012)
    • Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity (Guggenheim, 2011)
    • Target Practice: Painting Under Attack, 1949–78 (Seattle Art Museum, 2009)
    • © MURAKAMI (MOCA, 2007)



BA in Art History & Political Science, University of California - Berkeley
MA in Art History, University of California - Los Angeles
PhD in Art History, University of California - Los Angeles