Mika Yoshitake

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Art History
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In addition to being both a curator of a major DC museum and a lecturer, 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

Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

At the Hirshhorn, Mika Yoshitake has 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)

Currently, she is preparing a major outdoor sculpture exhibition of Lee Ufan for Spring 2019-2020, which will occupy the museum’s plaza. She is also working on an exhibition featuring the work of Kishio Suga and Giuseppe Penone from the late 1960s to present that will illuminate the two artists’ careers both within and beyond the framework of Mono-ha and Arte Povera for Spring 2020. She is also traveling with Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, which is currently on its North American tour through February 2019.



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