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February 25, 2012
AUTHOR OF 'ONE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES' TO DISCUSS STORY OF SADAKO AT OPENING OF 'FOLDING PAPER' EXHIBITION: New Exhibition That Explores History of Origami to be Part of Museum's Target Free Family Saturday on March 10

Pastor Takayuki Ishii will discuss his book, One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children's Peace Statue, as part of the opening day festivities for the exhibition, Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami, on Saturday, March 10, at the Japanese American National Museum. This new exhibition, which runs through August 26, is organized in partnership with ...

January 17, 2012
MUSEUM, IA&A TO PREMIERE 'FOLDING PAPER' EXHIBITION MARCH 10: Groundbreaking Exhibit Reveals Origami’s Artistic, Mathematical, Technological Innovations

The Japanese American National Museum is pleased to announce it will premiere the new exhibition Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami, an engaging, thought-provoking, and interdisciplinary look at the modern advances of origami through contemporary artworks, inventions, and videos. Folding Paper, organized in partnership with International Arts & Artists (IA&A), is on view at the National Museum beginning Saturday, ...

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Swarm of Locusts Made of Money
My Modern Met, March 12, 2012

Sipho Mabona, the talented origami artist we've featured here and here, just tipped us off to his newest installation. Now showing at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles until August 26, 2012 is The Plague, a fantastic swarm of locusts made entirely out of money!

As he says, "Money, our prime signifier of both ambition and perdition. Money has gone from being an elementary medium of exchange to being a means of exploitation: a colossal cloud of hot money [and incomprehensible financial instruments] buzzes above the global economy like a biblical swarm of locust. Thus money as bane. Yet money per se, plain as the one-dollar-bill, always retains its basic ability to function as a pragmatic unit of accounting for goods and services. Hence money as blessing."