Museum Exhibits

A Sensory Feast at the Kearney Street Workshop Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, February 4, from 6 to 9 p.m.) the Kearny Street Workshop is opening  “A Sensory Feast,” an art exhibit “where you can experience food and art not just by eating and seeing, but also through your other senses of feeling, hearing, and smelling.” The exhibit will run through Feb. 24, but there is […]

The secret life of trees: Ayako Harashima’s ‘Portraits of Nature’ at the Berkeley Public Library

Rolling hills, brown fields, clusters of light-dappled olive trees and not much else surround a medieval church in rural San Galgano, Italy. For a year, Ayako Harashima and 12 other artists lived in the church, entirely removed from society, with only the barest necessities. They would occasionally make the hour-and-a-half walk through the woods and […]

City officials help restructure debt for Asian Art Museum

San Francisco officials announced a long-term financing agreement for the Asian Art Museum Jan. 6, saving the facility from impending bankruptcy. “I can confidently say that the fate and future of this museum have been significantly secured,” Mayor Gavin Newsom said. The proposal, coordinated by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, City Controller Ben Rosenfield and City […]

The striking influence — and beauty — of the woodblock print ‘Japanesque’ on view at the Legion of Honor

A woman lounging in a richly colored kimono. A flowering plum tree, framed in scrawled kanji characters. A writer in his studio, a screen painted with tiny birds behind him. While these images might certainly be found in Japanese art, they are also the subjects of paintings created in the late 1800s by James Whistler, […]

Artist shares camp memories in Japanese American Museum of SJ exhibit

Artist Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz was 9 years old when she and her family were uprooted from their home in Orange, Calif. and incarcerated in a wartime concentration camp in Poston, Ariz. for three years. Sugita de Queiroz illustrates her childhood memories through watercolors in the traveling exhibit “Camp Days 1942-1945: Childhood Memories of […]

Japanese American Museum of San Jose celebrates grand opening

SAN JOSE — The grand opening ceremony of the newly renovated Japanese American Museum of San Jose at 535 N. Fifth St. on Oct. 16 drew an enthusiastic crowd of 800 people to the cream-colored farmhouse-style building. The ceremony also marked the 88th birthday of Jimi Yamaichi, who is unofficially known as the “Mayor of […]

Japanese screen collection explores five centuries of beauty

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco offers glimpses of the elegant world of Japanese folding screens through an exhibit that opened Oct. 15 called “Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens.” The collection displays traditional Japanese art, starting from the Muromachi period (1392-1573) through the innovative and modern era of the late 20th […]

Artist Takara contributes to SJ museum exhibit

SAN JOSE — Mixed media artist Corinne Okada Takara combines her passion for design, textiles and fabrics to capture life in Silicon Valley in a concrete way. Collaborating with two other artists, Takara developed unique textile designs for the artwear installation “TECHstyle SoftWEAR: Surface and Shape,” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. […]

‘Distillations’ exhibit captures Japanese American identity

“Distillation: Meditations on the Japanese American Experience” opened last week at John F. Kennedy University’s Arts & Consciousness Gallery in Berkeley. It offers a unique portrayal of Japanese American identity through the lens of Sansei, or third-generation Japanese Americans. With more than 70 works of art, the four artists — Reiko Fujii, Lucien Kubo, Shizue […]

JANM features Issei clothing from Hawaiian plantations

LOS ANGELES — An exhibit featuring textiles and clothing used by Japanese immigrants to Hawai‘i from the late 19th century through the early 20th century, collected and documented by Barbara Kawakami, is on display at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Little Tokyo through Aug. 22. The exhibit, “Textured Lives: Japanese Immigrant Clothing from […]

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