Don’t miss out on special member benefits for our upcoming arts-related exhibition:

    Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy
    July 24–October 4, 2009
    In collaboration with the Los Angeles Toys, Dolls and Amusements Museum, Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy, explores the evolution of a traditional Japanese folk toy—from its humble beginnings as a toy for farmer’s children and its proliferation as a mid-19th century souvenir in Japan—to a pop culture figure that has been interpreted in multiple mediums by Western artists.

    This exhibition incorporates traditional kokeshi representing the ten classic styles and the post-war “creative” kokeshi, along with displays of both kokeshi-inspired art by contemporary artists and customized kokeshi designed by prominent artists (see current artist list). The exhibition also features a special display of custom painted kokeshi by over 80 well-known international contemporary artists and designers which will be for sale through the Museum Store.

Be a part of L.A.’s exciting, diverse arts and cultural scene as a member of the Japanese American National Museum. Members at the Director’s Circle Level and above receive invitations for special Upper Level Member events which include exhibition previews, lectures, educational programs, and insider tours of museums, collections, homes, and gardens.

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