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Collecting Stories

November 7, 2020 – April 3, 2021

carved granite statue
Shadow of the Moon
By Asano Hiroyuki (b. 1963)
Carved Granite
12” x 14.5” x 5”
Heisei period, 2016
Anonymous gift

wooden mask with pigments and gesso
Zo-onna (Beautiful woman)
By Hakuzan Kubo (b. 1940)
Gesso and pigments on wood
8.375”h x 5.5”w
Heisei period, ca. 1999-2001
Gift of the Artist

Museums are defined by their collections, each with a unique point of view that is carefully shaped by the mission and vision of the institution. The Morikami Museum is devoted specifically to the acquisition, research, preservation, and exhibition of the story of Sukeji “George” Morikami and the Yamato Colony committed broadly to the visual culture created by Japanese and Japanese Americans. The result of this effort over more than 40 years is not just a catalog of objects, rather a collection of diverse ideas and unique stories illuminated by the objects.

Collecting Stories focuses on works drawn from the Morikami’s Permanent Collection and featured in vignettes, or mini exhibitions, representing diverse perspectives for interpreting the narrative of any object (or groups of objects). Explore how Japanese visual culture has reflected changes in society, politics, and modernization. Learn how everyday functional objects can express deep spirituality. Observe how some Japanese artists have responded to international influences over the past 400 years. Consider how the lives of Japanese Americans like George Morikami have impacted non-Japanese communities. In addition, we will highlight the positive ways in which the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is contributing to a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture through the Museum’s collecting and exhibition strategies.

Opening Dates
Supporting Level Members: Nov. 5, 2020
General L
evel Members: Nov. 6, 2020
General Public: Nov. 7, 2020

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