Events

Programs are free for Members and included with admission for visitors, unless otherwise noted.

To see a complete listing of the Museum’s programs, visit janm.org/events.

 

 

Saturday, May 28, 2016
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Members Only Preview Day: Above the Fold

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All JANM members are invited to preview the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami before it opens to the public on Sunday, May 29.

Photo: Erik DeMaine and Martin DeMaine, Destructors III, 2013. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Sunday, May 29, 2016
6:00 PM—9:00 PM

Upper Level Members' Reception: Above the Fold

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Members at the Director’s Circle, President’s Circle, Chairman’s Circle, and Sustaining levels are invited to join us at an exclusive reception to celebrate the opening of Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami.

Invitations are being mailed in April. RSVP by May 23.

Photo: Erik DeMaine and Martin DeMaine, Kentucky Series: Together, 2012. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Above the Fold

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Join Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami curator Meher McArthur for an in-depth gallery tour.

Limited to 25 members. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Photo: Jiangmei Wu, Ruga Swan, 2014. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Hockenberry.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
10:30 AM

Above the Fold Exhibition Tour

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Join curator Meher McArthur for an in-depth gallery tour.

Limited to 25 participants. Free with museum admission. RSVPs are strongly recommended using the link below.

Saturday, July 9, 2016
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Handy Crafts

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FREE ALL DAY

Inspired by Above the Fold, this Family Day will explore origami and other fun handmade crafts.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Learn to fold a paper frog at Ruthie’s Origami Corner—a JANM favorite!

  • Visit our various origami stations to work on projects at the skill level of your choice. There will be beginning, intermediate, and advanced stations available. We will even have a pop culture-themed project to keep things lively!

  • Throughout the day, internationally renowned artist Nori Shirasu will offer drop-in origami classes, in which he will demonstrate a variety of techniques.

  • Create imaginative pencil toppers out of pipe cleaners.

  • Make puffy pom-poms out of yarn.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Andantino String Duo
    Relax and listen to classical and pop music by the Andantino string duo while you work on your craft projects.

    3:30 p.m.: Decades of Rock
    Join 2015 Nisei Week Court Princess Veronica Ota as she rocks out with her band, Decades of Rock. Enjoy their renditions of classic rock and R&B hits from the 1960s through today.

     

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    Saturday, July 16, 2016
    5:00 PM

    Above the Fold Exhibition Tour with Robert Lang

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    Join physicist and exhibiting artist Robert J. Lang for an intimate gallery tour.

    Limited to 25 participants. Free with museum admission. Note the museum closes at 5 p.m. and exhibitions will not remain open after the tour.

    TOUR IS NOW FULL. To be placed on a waitlist, please email rsvp@janm.org.

    Photo: Robert Lang, Pentasia, 2014. Photo courtesy of the artist.

    Saturday, July 16, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Above the Fold Lecture by Robert Lang

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    SOLD OUT

    The last 15 years have been witness to a revolution in the application of mathematical techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding. Exhibiting artist Robert J. Lang is recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding.

    In this talk, he will describe how geometric concepts led to the solution of a broad class of origami folding problems—specifically, the problem of efficiently folding a shape with an arbitrary number and arrangement of flaps—and, along the way, enabling origami designs of mind-blowing complexity and realism. The algorithms and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing mathematical questions and have solved practical engineering problems—Lang will present examples of how origami has enabled safer airbags, Brobdingnagian space telescopes, and more.

    Free with museum admission.

    This program is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email rsvp@janm.org.

    Presented with support from the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.

    Photo: Robert Lang, Pentasia, 2014. Photo courtesy of the artist.

    Saturday, July 23, 2016
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Kusudama

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    Learn to make decorative kusudama (paper balls), an ancient Japanese tradition that continues to thrive today. In addition to being a popular gift or form of decoration, kusudama are credited as an important early form of modular origami.

    $12 members, $15 non-members. Supplies and admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

    Saturday, August 6, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Above the Fold

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    Join Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami curator Meher McArthur for an in-depth gallery tour.

    Limited to 25 members. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Photo: Yuko Nishimura, Shine, 2008. Photo courtesy of the artist.

    Saturday, August 6, 2016
    1:00 PM

    Sadako and Her Origami Cranes

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    In May 2016, JANM received the gift of an original paper crane folded by Sadako Sasaki, the young Hiroshima-born girl who died in 1955 of complications resulting from radiation poisoning. Before her death, Sasaki folded over 1,000 paper cranes in hopes of recovering from her illness. Because of her efforts, which touched many people, paper cranes have since become a universal symbol of peace, hope, and recovery.

    The museum is honored to be the only West Coast recipient of one of Sasaki’s cranes, joining such global institutions as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, and the 9/11 Tribute Center in New York.

    On the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Above the Fold curator Meher McArthur will speak about Sasaki, who was only two years old when the bomb struck, and how her actions influenced the spread of origami practice.

    Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    Saturday, August 13, 2016
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Natsumatsuri Family Festival

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    FREE ALL DAY!

    Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

  • Musical performances by LA Matsuri Taiko, Common Souls, and Shin Kawasaki

  • Basic taiko drumming and bon odori dance lessons

  • Airbrush and henna temporary tattoos

  • Fun crafts including origami and the ever-popular Natsumatsuri paper hats

  • Museum scavenger hunt with prizes courtesy of Bandai

  • Free samples of saataa andaagii (Okinawan deep-fried pastries)

  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines

  • …and so much more!

     

    Check janm.org/natsumatsuri2016 for complete schedule.

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The Bandai Foundation.

     

    Saturday, August 20, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Above the Fold

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    Join Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami curator Meher McArthur for an in-depth gallery tour.

    Limited to 25 members. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Photo: Erik DeMaine and Martin DeMaine, Destructors III, 2013. Photo courtesy of the artists.

    Saturday, August 20, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Above the Fold Artist Lecture: Origami as a Language of Contemporary Design

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    Exhibiting artist Paul Jackson will discuss the growing influence of origami in contemporary design practice, from fashion to architecture. Using examples from around the world and from his many years of teaching design, Jackson will demonstrate how, in recent years, origami principles have been applied to materials other than paper, such as fabric, leather, plastic, and wood. He will offer reasons for this interest in origami, identify current trends, and suggest directions for the future. The lecture will be followed by a signing with the artist.

    Free with museum admission. RSVPs are strongly recommended using the link below.

    This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Sunday, August 21, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Above the Fold Exhibition Tour with Paul Jackson

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    SOLD OUT

    Join exhibiting artist Paul Jackson for an intimate gallery tour in which he will discuss his own work as well as that of his wife, Miri Golan, who is also featured in the show.

    Limited to 25 attendees. Free with museum admission.

    This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Sunday, August 21, 2016
    11:30 AM

    Origami Workshop with Paul Jackson

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    SOLD OUT

    Above the Fold artist Paul Jackson will lead a hands-on workshop that gives participants a taste of the unique folding and cutting technique he used to create the works seen in the exhibition. Jackson will explain how the technique evolved, how he uses it, and some the many variations that are possible. Time will be allowed for personal discovery.

    No origami experience is necessary. $20 members; $25 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 25 participants.

    This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

     

    Paul Jackson, Untitled, 2014, folded digital prints. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Hockenberry.

     

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    Top: Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine, Destructors III, 2013, elephant hide paper. Photo courtesy of the artists.