Bruce Yonemoto

Visual Arts, 2008

Bruce Yonemoto has developed a body of work which positions itself within the overlapping intersections of art and commerce, of the gallery world and the cinema screen. His work attempts to manipulate an audience with a simultaneous recognition of the machinations of the manipulation. Yonemoto has been honored with numerous awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Maya Deren Award for Experimental Film and Video. Bruce’s installations, photographs and sculptures have been featured in major one person shows at the ICC in Tokyo, the ICA in Philadelphia, and the Kemper Museum in Kansas City. His work was featured in Los Angeles 1955-85 at the Pompidou Center, Paris, the Generali Foundation, Vienna, the Gwangju Biennial, Korea, Pacific Standard Time, Getty Museum, a survey show in Kanazawa, Japan, and a retrospective at the Luckman Gallery in Los Angeles featuring the Creative Capital project: The End of the World at the Edge of the Earth with Juli Carson. In January 2017, Yonemoto was honored with a retrospective at the Tate Modern, London.  Bruce is Professor of Art at the University of California, Irvine.

Awards and Accomplishments

2017: Bruce and Norman Yonemoto Retrospective, Tate Modern Museum, London, England, The Imaginary Line Around the Earth, (Retrospective) Luckman Gallery, Cal State Los Angeles. Far, East of Eden: A Film by Karen Finley and Bruce Yonemoto, MoMA, New York. ENKA!, Japanese American Community Cultural Center, Los Angles. Jun Yang and Bruce Yonemoto, Garage Exchange Vienna-Los Angeles.

2016: "Far East of Eden," A Film by Karen Finley and Bruce Yonemoto, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA, "Re-Corded History," by Delicious Taste (a Bruce Yonemoto and Grant Levy-Doolittle collaboration) c.nichols project, Los Angeles, CA., List Projects: Narrative Color, MIT, Boston, Mass., Meet Vincent Van Gogh Experience, Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, The Accomplices, Edward Cella Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015: “An Asian Survey: Bruce Yonemoto” (Retrospective), Hong Gah Museum of Art, Taipei, Taiwan “Survey Show” (Retrospective), Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taiwan, Hales Gallery, London, Great Britain

2013: “Vault” at Univeristy of Texas, Austin


Yonemoto presents you can’t step in the same river twice: a survey of recent works by Bruce Yonemoto at The Art Gallery Kanazawa College of Art

2012: Bruce and Norman Yonemoto ‘80’s Videos, A Retrospective; "Dirty Looks: A Monthly Platform for Queer Experimental Film and Video," New York, NY, brochure

2012: “Spaced Out” Solo Exhibition, the University of Sydney Museum of Art, Sydney, Australia


Yonemoto is an Honorary Professor for Career Achievement at the University of Sydney, Australia from March 2011 through February 2014 


Yonemoto presents a career retrospective at LA><ART, Los Angeles, California 


Yonemoto presents work in Drama Queens: The Soap Opera in Experimental and Independent Cinema at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

2011: LAXART, Los Angeles, California, A Retrospective of Soap Operas and installations by Bruce Yonemoto, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, Getty Museum of Art


Yonemoto receives the Freund Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis Missouri 


Yonemoto presents Three Short Films by Bruce Yonemoto at Diorama Projects, Hong Kong


Yonemoto presents North South East West, a survey retrospective, at Gallerie Quynh Contemporary Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 


Yonemoto presents Simulations at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA 


Yonemoto presents Retrospective of Works at the Los Angeles Filmforum