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Japanese Traditional Music Program

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The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens proudly announce the establishment of a yearly Japanese traditional music education program aimed at the general public and school children. This groundbreaking program coincides with the museum’s 40th year anniversary and will include hands-on workshops and special musical events.

Program content includes practical instruction on the Japanese shakuhachi and the 13-string koto for both children (grades 3-12) and adults. In addition, the program will feature special classes on Japanese music theory and history, culture, and an introduction to Japanese traditional performing arts.

Led by Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato, coordinator of the program and koto teacher, the faculty also includes ethnomusicologist and shakuhachi performer Professor Christopher Yohmei Blasdel and Japanese music professor Dr. Minako Waseda. The Japanese Traditional Music Program is proudly supported through special grants received from the Toshiba International Foundation, Japan Foundation and the Morikami Wisdom Ring Members.

 


Instructor Bios

Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato

Coordinator, Japanese Music Program

Koto Instructor

Dr. Amato received his Ph.D. in music composition in 1998 from New York University with primary studies in Italian contemporary music. In 2000, he was awarded the prestigious Bunka-chō Japanese Government Artists Fellowship to pursue formal study of Japanese traditional music at Seiha Hōgaku-kai. He continued studies receiving his teaching license and his professional name Gashō in 2003. Concurrently, Dr. Amato founded the Yokohama International School Japanese Music Program – the first and only traditional Japanese music program in primary/secondary education in the world – directing and teaching until 2011.  In 2011, Dr. Amato established the International Center for Japanese Culture (ICJC), an NPO promoting Japanese traditional arts and culture and is currently continuing his post as director. Pursuing his work on sharing Japanese traditional music on the international level, in 2016, Dr. Amato established the Seiha Hōgaku-kai International Summer School and currently continues as its director. Dr. Amato has held teaching positions and special lecturer posts at Robert Stockton College of NJ, Fukuoka International School, Heidelberg College, Seiha Hōgaku Gakuin and Yokohama National University.

Professor Christopher Yohmei Blasdel 

Shakuhachi Instructor

Christopher Yohmei Blasdel began the shakuhachi and studies of Japanese music in 1972 with Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi. In 1982 he received an MFA in ethnomusicology from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and is

one of only two non-Japanese to be accredited as a shihan master by Yamaguchi. Performing in Japan and around the world, Blasdel maintains a balance between traditional shakuhachi music, modern compositions and cross-genre work with musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists. His discography includes numerous CDs of traditional and contemporary music. He has also composed and performed music for NHK documentaries and various films. He was the Artistic Director of the International House of Japan from 1987 to 2013, co-organized the World Shakuhachi Festival ’98 held in Boulder, Colorado and the Sydney World Shakuhachi Festival in 2008. He was a founder of the annual Prague Shakuhachi Festival. His semi-autobiographical book, The Single Tone—A Personal Journey through Shakuhachi Music (2005) and The Shakuhachi, A Manual for Learning (1988) are two of the most important English language resource books on the shakuhachi. Presently, he is an adjunct lecturer at University of Hawai’i, Mānoa and holds a fourth-degree black belt in Aikido. 

Dr. Minako Waseda 

Japanese Music History and Performing Arts Instructor

Minako Waseda received her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and currently teaches at Tokyo University of the Arts, Kunitachi College of Music, Keio University and Waseda University. Her major field of study is Japanese-American musical culture. Her publications include “Music in Japanese American Concentration Camps: The Film Hidden Legacy and its Impact on the Collective Memory,” Testimony Between History and Memory 124 (2017), “Minzoku ongakugaku 12 no shiten” (12 Perspectives on Ethnomusicology, co-author, 2016),“Happyokai bunkaron” (Amateur Stage Performance Culture, co-author, 2015), and “Gospel Music in Japan: Transplantation and Localization of African American Religious Singing,” Yearbook for Traditional Music 45 (2013).


Children’s Music Summer Camp Program

Children’s Music Summer Camp:
Date: June 19 – June 23, 2017
Cost: $275
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm

For grades 3rd to 12th grade students.
Advance registration is required.

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The program includes three different workshops for three age groups:

  • Group A: Grades 3 – 5
  • Group B: Grades 6 – 8
  • Group C: Grades 9 -12

Students will have three one-hour sessions: a) Japanese culture, b) 13-string koto and c) shakuhachi with professional musicians, Joseph Amato and Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, and scholar Minako Waseda.

All instruments and sheet music will be provided to the participants.

Schedule:

Time Japanese Culture 13-string Koto Shakuhachi
9:00am – 10:00am Group A Group B Group C
10:00am – 10:30am Break Break Break
10:30am – 11:30am Group B Group C Group A
11:30am – 12:30pm Group C Group A Group B

The curriculum will allow students to have both practical and knowledge-based (theoretical/historical) classes. The knowledge-based component is a Japanese culture class taught by Dr. Waseda.  Topics may include the following:

  • Introduction to Japanese language and culture – Part 1 (Students will learn basic phrases, kanji numbers to read the music sheet, etc.)
  • Introduction to the history of Japanese traditional music
  • Craft project: Make a koto practice board and shakuhachi fingering tube to take home for practicing finger techniques and songs
  • Learn about kimono culture and its history. The students will learn how to wear a kimono for their recital.
  • Introduction to Japanese language and culture – Part 2 (Using Morikami’s exhibit, Japan Through the Eyes of a Child, the students will tour and learn about Japan’s geography, schools, home life in Japan, and etc.)

The practical classes include Japanese music instrument instruction. Dr. Amato will lead the basic koto workshops, teaching the students how to use tsume (finger plectrums), how to read Japanese musical notation and how to execute basic koto performance techniques through simple compositions. Professor Blasdel will lead the shakuhachi workshops, teaching the students proper breathing, posture, how to execute simple long notes and how to read Japanese traditional music notation. He will also teach the students a short shakuhachi piece.

On Sunday, June 25 at 3:00pm, the program participants will perform in a special public concert to mark the 40th anniversary of the museum. This performance is free to all visitors at the Morikami. 


Adult Music Workshops

There will be two opportunities for adults to take the Japanese traditional music workshops at the Morikami Museum.  Beginners and all levels are welcomed.

Adults will have the choice to choose which instrument they would like to study: 13-string koto or shakuhachi. The program is aimed at absolute beginners (those with no previous experience with the shakuhachi or koto) and basic beginners (those who have had a little experience with the instruments and want to improve).*  All instruments and sheet music will be provided to the participants.

* Please contact the Morikami for workshops aimed at intermediate and advanced players at 561-233-1328.

On Sunday, June 25 at 3:00pm, the program participants will perform in a special public concert to mark the 40th anniversary of the museum. This performance is free to all visitors at the Morikami. 

Weekday Workshop Schedule:

Dates: June 19, 21, & 23, 2017
Cost: $150
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Location: Morikami Theater (Koto class)
Location: Tea House (Shakuhachi class)
Advance registration is required

Weekend Workshop Schedule:

Dates: June 24 & 25, 2017
Cost: $200
Time: 9:00am-12:30pm (10am-10:30am break)
Location: Morikami Theater (Koto class)
Location: Tea House (Shakuhachi class)
Advance registration is required

Register

 

Sessions Date Time Total Hours Cost
Weekday (3 days) June 19, 21, 23 1:30pm – 3pm 4.5 $150
Weekend (2 days) June 24 & 25 9:00am – 12:30pm   (10am -10:30am break) 6 $200


Special Lecture

Japanese Music in the United States
Talk By Dr. Minako Waseda

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 1:30pm
Cost: FREE (with paid museum admission)
Location: Morikami Theater

This lecture describes the development of Japanese music in the United States since the large scale Japanese immigration in the late 19th century to the present, primarily focusing on Hawaii and California. It covers a wide range of musical examples from folksongs and traditional instruments to modern Taiko ensembles and jazz fusion. It will also refer to some Japanese cultural activities in Florida examining the limited sources available.

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Japanese Music in the United States

Talk By Dr. Minako Waseda
 

DATE Saturday, June 24, 2017
TIME 1:30pm 
PRICE FREE with paid Museum Admission
LOCATION Morikami Theater

Limited seating in the theater. Tickets are given on the day of the event as a first come, first served basis

Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.

This lecture describes the development of Japanese music in the United States since the large scale Japanese immigration in the late 19th century to the present, primarily focusing on Hawaii and California. It covers a wide range of musical examples from folksongs and traditional instruments to modern Taiko ensembles and jazz fusion. It will also refer to some Japanese cultural activities in Florida examining the limited sources available.

 ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr. Minako Waseda received her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and currently teaches at Tokyo University of the Arts, Kunitachi College of Music, Keio University and Waseda University. Her major field of study is Japanese-American musical culture. Her publications include “Music in Japanese American Concentration Camps: The Film Hidden Legacy and its Impact on the Collective Memory,” Testimony Between History and Memory 124 (2017), “Minzoku ongakugaku 12 no shiten” (12 Perspectives on Ethnomusicology, co-author, 2016),“Happyokai bunkaron” (Amateur Stage Performance Culture, co-author, 2015), and “Gospel Music in Japan: Transplantation and Localization of African American Religious Singing,” Yearbook for Traditional Music 45 (2013).

 

Mother’s Day at Morikami

Step out of Delray Beach and into Japan as Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens takes moms away to a place of relaxation and pure beauty. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a relaxing stroll through Roji-en, a special prix-fixe menu at the Cornell Cafe and more! No reservations will be taken for this event. Seating at the café is first come, first served.

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In Roji-En

Take mom on a serene walk through Roji-en encompassing six distinct gardens, a koi feeding area, Japan Through the Eyes of a Child (an interactive children’s exhibit) and our world-class bonsai display.

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At the Museum Store

Receive a beautiful silk scarf as our gift to you with a minimum purchase of $30 (excluding tax, after discounts)*

*While quantities last, limit one per customer.


At the Cornell Cafe

Treat mom to a delicious prix-fixe brunch at the Cornell Cafe, overlooking the tranquil beauty of Roji-en. Click here for the full menu! 

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In the Museum

The little ones can make a special Mother’s Day craft guided by our education staff in Classroom A, while you make Mother’s Day last all year with a Morikami membership! Take advantage of our special 13-month membership promotion (5/13/2017 and 5/14/2017 only) and receive a free Morikami tote bag!


World Bonsai Day


World Bonsai Day celebrates the legacy of bonsai master Saburo Kato (1915-2008), a key figure in the modern history of bonsai. Mr. Kato was the third-generation owner of “Mansei-en,” located in Omiya (just north of Tokyo) and one of the most famous bonsai nurseries in the world. Today Omiya Bonsai Village is known as the “Bonsai Mecca” of the world.

As an author, teacher and philosopher, Mr. Kato inspired countless people around the world to learn the art of bonsai. In 1989, he founded and became the first Chairman of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF) whose mission is to bring peace and goodwill to the world through the art of bonsai.

In 2013, the Morikami Bonsai Exhibition was honored to become the 3rd WBFF Resource Center in the United States.

In honor of Saburo Kato and in keeping with his beliefs, the WBFF has designated the second Saturday of May as “World Bonsai Day.”

Events:

Bonsai Demonstrations 11am & 1pm

Bonsai Clinic All Day

Bonsai Exhibition Tours 12 pm & 2 pm

Bonsai Shopping All Day

 

40th Anniversary Celebration


#MoriTurnsForty

It’s hard to imagine there was once a Morikami that was small, quaint and quiet. But in 1977, in a small Japanese-style building still on our property today, we opened our doors to visitors that knew little about Florida’s historical ties to Japan. Now, 40 years later, our Museum collection has grown to over 8,000 objects and we share our mission of providing authentic Japanese cultural experiences that educate and inspire with over 200,000 guests every year.

Come celebrate the Morikami’s 40th birthday on Sunday, June 25th with music, food and activities all day. Make memories by creating your own 40th Anniversary button and sharing your favorite Morikami moments in our time capsule, and stop in for the Koto performance in the theater at 3 p.m.

Shop: Commemorative t-shirts and tote bags will be available in the museum store. Spend $40 and receive a free Morikami ornament with your purchase.

Dine: A special 40th Anniversary sushi roll will be available in the Cornell Cafe.

Become a member: New members* can purchase a dual membership for $40. Anyone who purchases a membership during the 40th Anniversary Celebration will receive a free commemorative key chain.

*A new member is anyone who has never been a member at the Morikami or has not been a member in the past 12 months.

 

Annual Meeting

On Thursday, March 16th at 5:30pm join our Board of Trustees & staff in our newly renovated theater to recap and celebrate our accomplishments as we enter our 40th year! Light refreshments to follow. Please RSVP to ssamuels@pbcgov.org.

Member Appreciation Weekend

Save the date for our spring Member Appreciation Weekend!

Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 12, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Join or renew a Morikami Membership* and receive:

  • 20% OFF in the Museum Store (includes trunk show)
  • 10% OFF memberships + a FREE gift *excludes Wisdom Ring

*Offer not available online.

HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND:

Jewelry Trunk Show by Charles Albert

Friday–Sunday, 11:00am–4:00pm
Exquisite handcrafted sterling silver pieces with unusual, high quality stones from around the world.

Meet & greet world-renowned jewelry designer, Charles Albert! Friday, 11:00am–3:00pm

Gallery Tour—Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945

Friday–Sunday, 1:30pm & 3:30pm
Docent-led gallery tour through the current exhibition.

Meet the Curator

Friday at 12:30pm
Exclusive curator-led tour of the current exhibition.

Japanese Gardens 101

Friday–Sunday 11:30am & 2:30pm
Docent-led discussion through one of the gardens in Roji-en: Gardens of the Drops of Dew.

Tours are on a first come, first-served basis and space is limited.

ALSO THIS WEEKEND…

The Golden Age of Sumo, Behind the Curtain—A Talk by Lynn Matsuoka

Friday at 7:00pm | $10, Members, $7
Advance purchase required.

The Way of Taiko—The Heartbeat of Japan

Sunday at 11:00am & 2:00pm | $50
Advance purchase required.

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Cultural Folk Tales Day

Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation

Saturday, July 8, 2017 10:00am—5:00pm

FREE with paid museum admission.

Explore countries around the world through interactive folk tales for the whole family to enjoy! Expert storytellers from across the globe will introduce stories from Japan, Latin America, Africa, and Haiti through vibrant music and dance. Also enjoy a day of hands-on crafts, activities, and access to the Palm Beach Library System’s Bookmobile!

ALL-DAY ACTIVITIES

Kuniko RED (resized for web)Storytelling 
Theater and Library
10:30am–4:30pm

Take a trip around the world with our storytellers! Listen to fun interactive folktales from Japan, Latin America, Africa and Haiti. Click here for our full schedule of storytelling events and performer descriptions!

Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.

 

Ema20120608Story Hunt
Galleries
10:00am–5:00pm

Be an explorer and search our galleries for the fun stories of these unique ema, wish blocks, from Japan.

 

 

DoraemonOfficialCartoon (Story) Adventures 
Classroom A
10:00am–4:30pm

Discover Doraemon, Japan’s first anime ambassador and a very funny robotic blue cat by watching a couple of his cartoons! Afterwards, create you own Doraemon crazy escapade by filling in the word bubbles on a manga, a comic book page, and give it your creative spin by coloring it in!

 

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Lobby
10:00am–5:00pm

Make a wish for the Star Festival, Tanabata! Write your wish on a tanzaku strip of paper and tie it to Tanabata bamboo in the lobby to celebrate!

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Palm Beach Library System’s Bookmobilefront of the Museum

Get your own Commemorative T’s and Totes by the Fine Print ShoppeBack Terrace

Origami Extravaganza & Palm Beach Library’s Families Reading Together Kickoff Event

Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation and sponsored in part by the Palm Beach County Library System.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Free admission: per child presenting a valid library card from any library in Palm Beach County and one accompanying adult.

In partnership with the Palm Beach County Library System, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will be hosting the 13th annual “Families Reading Together” initiative kick-off! Alongside the fun events with the library, we will also have an Origami Extravaganza in conjunction with our exhibit, Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. The event will include an array of origami-themed and creative activities for all ages!

Membership Special: Those joining or renewing membership will receive 1 extra month free.

All-Day Events

Kuniko RED (resized for web)Storytelling and Magic with Kuniko Yamamoto 
11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. Morikami Theater
Welcome to the infinite world of origami! In Japanese, ori- means “to fold” and –gami means “paper.” Using origami, music and audience participation, storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto provides a magical entry into Japanese culture. In her show “Origami Tales,” mythological character masks and puppets, amazing flowers and a dragon – all made from origami – set the stage while Kuniko shares heartfelt stories from ancient Japan.

my-friends-by-taro-gomiGreat Book Giveaway
10:00am – 4:00pm. Library
Join us for a day to promote children’s literacy. Children in Preschool through 1st grade and their families are encouraged to read this year’s book, My Friends written and illustrated by Taro Gomi, available at any Palm Beach County Library System location. Newcomers to the Library System can register for a library card at the Bookmobile “library-on-wheels,” which will be stationed at the entrance of the museum throughout the day.

fox-beg-origami-wkshpGarden Safari Fun: Find and Fold Animal Friends
10:00am – 4:00pm. Gardens
Stroll through the gardens and discover wildlife of all kinds! Discover four folding fun stations ready for little origami hands! Be on the look out for the many live water, air, and forest animals that have made their home in the Morikami gardens!

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10:00am – 3:00pm. Classroom A
Fold a simple creature and make him your own by adding fun facial features: googly eyes, jagged teeth, a teasing tongue, etc. When it’s finished, pop him on the corner of a page in your book from the Great Book Giveaway!

Other Activities

Get your own Sound Safari fan for cool fun in the gardens. Walk through the gardens and discover the world of Japanese sound effects. Fans are a $1 donation (All proceeds go towards Morikami education programs).

Get your own Commemorative T’s and Totes by the Fine Print ShoppeBack Terrace

Meet Dewey the Library Owl — 10:30am – 10:50am and 2:30pm – 2:50pm  Lobby

 

Tea Day

TEA DAY | お茶の日

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Celebrate the culture of the wide world of tea at the Morikami! Tea Day includes tea tasting, storytelling for the family, and Tea Talks— a  lecture series with green tea experts Candice Kumai and ITO EN’s Rona Tison.

All events on Tea Day are free with museum admission except for Tea Talks and the Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstration. Click the tabs to learn more!

Interested in volunteering at Tea Day?

Click Here to Apply!

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Tea Exhibitors and Tasting Stations

10:00am—4:30pm. Lobby and Terrace

Learn, shop, and taste!
Enjoy the different flavors and brews  of tea by a variety of vendors. More details to follow!


Sado: The Way of Tea Demonstrations

12:00pm, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm. Tea House. $5 with paid museum admission

Sado Tea CeremonyObserve Japanese sado, an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. Your involvement in the true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life.

Individual reservations are not necessary. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. For more information please call 561-233-1367


Tea Talks

TIME 1:00pm (Theater doors open at 12:30pm)
PRICE $10 (members $7) Price does not include museum admission. Pre-Register Here!
LOCATION Morikami Theater

For the Love of Matcha: The Art of Japanese Wellness with Candice Kumai

Tea has a rich culture and history in Japan, especially, our beloved, matcha (powdered green tea) which is associated with traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Wellness journalist, Iron Chef Judge, best-selling author and leading clean eating chef, Candice Kumai, takes us through the fascinating history of matcha and its various uses from the past to the present. Acquire more knowledge, and be inspired by Candice as you learn of the benefits of matcha and how to incorporate it into your everyday life! A book signing will follow the lecture.

Rona Tison Photo cropDiscover Japanese Green Teas with ITO EN’s Rona Tison

Experience the expansive world of Japanese teas and its intrinsic taste profiles and complexities, with Rona Tison of ITO EN, the world’s premier leaders in green tea. From the centuries old traditions to the modern use of trendy matcha green teas, learn proper preparation and why Japanese teas are gaining global recognition for its celebrated umami tastes.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Candice Kumai, quoted by ELLE Magazine as “The golden girl of the wellness world,” is one of the country’s leading wellness journalists. She is a 5x best-selling author of Clean Green Eats, Clean Green Drinks, Pretty Delicious, Cook Yourself Sexy and Cook Yourself Thin. Candice is a regular contributor to E! News, The Dr. Oz Show and Today. A Top Chef alumna, Candice has appeared as a regular judge on Iron Chef America and Beat Bobby Flay. She regularly contributes to lifestyle publications such as Prevention, Yoga Journal, Men’s Journal, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Men’s Health, Clean Eating and Well & Good. She volunteers at dozens of charitable organizations and has traveled the globe surfing, soul-searching, modeling and researching wellness.

Candice has dedicated much of her time to philanthropic work, volunteering and mentoring in her community.

Rona Tison is the Sr. Vice President of Corporate Relations at ITO EN (North America) INC, the award-winning and world’s leading purveyor of green tea products and healthy beverages.  Established 50 years ago in Japan, she is dedicated to introducing ITO EN’s authentic green tea culture in the United States and creating innovative products that embody the companies five guiding principles of Natural, Healthy, Safe, Well-designed and Delicious. Being half-Japanese Tison is fluent in Japanese and well-versed on the Japanese culture. Tison serves on the Tea & Health Committee of the U.S. Tea Council, and has been a speaker at the Shizuoka World Tea Festival, Smithsonian Lecture Series, and World Tea Expo.

“The Magic Tea Kettle” Kamishibai Story

TIMES 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm
PRICE FREE with museum admission
LOCATION Library

Kamishibai literally means “paper theater” and is said to have started in Japan in the early 1900s. It is still part of a long tradition of picture storytelling. Today’s story is a Japanese folktale about a magical tanuki (raccoon dog), his new friend, and the making of their friendship. Join us for story time at the library. A craft activity will follow the reading!

Enjoy the English version of the famous Japanese children’s story The Magic Tea Kettle

Delirious Japan: Art Deco in the Imperial Era

Talk by Kendall Brown | Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities

DATE Friday, February 24, 2017
TIME 1:00pm (Theater doors open at 12:30pm)
PRICE FREE with paid Museum Admission
LOCATION Morikami Theater

Limited seating in the theater. Tickets are given on the day of the event as a first come, first served basis

Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.

This lecture explores Japanese Art Deco in the 1930s and early 1940s as an expression of Japan’s internationalism and nationalism. It presents Japanese Deco in terms of the art of the street, the museum, the cultured home, and the modern woman. It augments objects in the exhibition by showing Art Deco masterpieces in Japanese museums, and concludes with Japanese Deco collectibles.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Ken_4Dr. Kendall H. Brown is Professor of Asian Art History in the School of Art at California State University Long Beach. He received BA and MA degrees in history and art history from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University. Dr. Brown publishes actively in several areas of Japanese art, such as Japanese paintings and woodblock prints. Brown has curated or contributed to exhibitions for museums across the country, including Shin Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan (LACMA, 1998), Taisho Chic (Honolulu Academy, 2002); Deco Japan (ASI, 2012), and Traditions Transfigured; The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi (CSULB UAM, 2014).  He is now working on exhibitions of Japanese sheet music cover art, lacquer makers’ tools, and garden-inspired fine art. Brown is also a leading figure in the study of Japanese gardens in North America. His book, Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America (Tuttle 2013) expands on his earlier work, Japanesestyle Gardens of the Pacific West Coast (Rizzoli, 1999). After planning the International Conference on Japanese Gardens Outside Japan in 2009, he served as President of the Board of the North American Japanese Garden Association from 2012-14.   His next garden book, Visionary Landscapes, explores the styles, meanings and functions of Japanese gardens in the 21st century. It will be published in the Fall of 2017.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Time Event
11:00am–11:30am Curator gallery walk for the public
1:00pm–2:00pm Delirious Japan: Art Deco in the Imperial Era lecture and Q&A
2:00pm–2:30pm Book signing
3:00pm–3:30pm Curator gallery walk for the public

Kobayakawa Kiyoshi (1899–1948) Dancer, or “Curved Line of the Instant” (Dansā, or Setsuna no kyokusen) c. 1932 woodblock print, ink and color on paper

Documentary Film Screening: Between the Folds

Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation

DATES Wednesdays.

Oct. 19, 2016 | Nov. 16, 2016 | Dec. 21, 2016 | Jan. 18, 2017
TIMES 11:00am and 2:00pm
PRICE FREE (with paid museum admission)
LOCATION Morikami Theater

Limited seating in the theater. Tickets are given on the day of the event as a first come, first served basis.

Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.

ABOUT THE FILM

“Between the Folds” chronicles the stories of 10 fine artists and intrepid scientists who abandoned careers and scoffed at hard-earned graduate degrees – all to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paperfolders. The film paints an arresting portrait of the remarkable artistic and scientific creativity that fuels this ever-changing art form, fusing science and sculpture, form and function, ancient and new.

As these offbeat and provocative characters converge on the unusual medium of origami, they reinvent an ancient art, and demonstrate the innumerable ways that ingenuity and expression come to bear as we all struggle to understand and honor the world around us – as artists, scientists, creators, collaborators, preservers and simply curious beings.

 

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