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August 20, 2008
OHARA SCHOOL OF IKEBANA TO GIVE DEMONSTRATION AUG. 24: One of Three Schools Participating in 'Living Flowers' Exhibition

The Ohara School of Ikebana Los Angeles Chapter, one of the three schools participating in the Japanese American National Museum’s art exhibition, Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art, will give a demonstration of their work and techniques on Sunday, Aug. 24, beginning at 2 p.m. at the National Museum in Little Tokyo.

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July 24, 2008
SOGETSU IKEBANA SCHOOL TO PROVIDE DEMONSTRATION JULY 20

The Sogetsu Ikebana Los Angeles Branch, one of the three local Japanese flower arranging schools creating and maintaining installations as part of the Japanese American National Museum’s exhibition, Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art, will give a demonstration on Sunday, July 20, beginning at 2 p.m., at the National Museum in Little Tokyo.

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June 18, 2008
IKENOBO IKEBANA SOCIETY TO GIVE DEMONSTRATION AT NATIONAL MUSEUM JUNE 22

The Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Los Angeles, one of the three local Japanese flower arranging schools creating and maintaining installations as part of the Japanese American National Museum’s exhibition, Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art, will give a demonstration on Sunday, June 22, beginning at 2 p.m., at the National Museum in Little Tokyo.

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May 9, 2008
LIVING FLOWERS: IKEBANA AND CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBIT TO OPEN JUNE 15: Three Ikebana Schools to Create Arrangements Set Next to Contemporary Art

The Japanese American National Museum will premiere its latest exhibition, Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art, an innovative presentation that brings together representations of three traditional schools of ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) with the works of international contemporary artists such as Isamu Noguchi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sherrie Levine and Judy Fiskin, beginning on Sunday, June 15, and continuing through September 7.

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Curator Shares Insights to 'Living Flowers'
Flower Blog, August 13, 2008
When I found out that LA's Japanese American National Museum was hosting a major exhibition that pairs ikebana (flower arranging) with cutting-edge art, I thought it would be a good chance to learn more about this fascinating Japanese tradition.
Arranged Marriage: Mixing It Up With Flowers and Art
L.A. Weekly, July 23, 2008
What exactly does that series have to do with ikebana? (That is, the 600-year-old Japanese tradition of arranging flowers, guided by a principle of uniting humanity and nature, a pursuit of beauty via combinations of color, shape and line — from which the revelation of meaning is arrived at only with the arrangement’s completion.) The short answer is that both have flowers, but surely curator Karin Higa had something more in mind when pulling together an eclectic mix of international art by 20 venerable and up-and-coming artists (from modernist master Isamu Noguchi to art star Laura Owens), presented alongside floral displays created by local chapter members of three key schools of ikebana.
How Their Roots Intertwine
Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2008
A Little Tokyo museum pairs the Japanese flower-arranging art of ikebana with contemporary works.
Living Flower: Ikebana and Contemporary Art
ArtSlant Los Angeles, July 1, 2008

In "Living Flowers," curator Karen Higa has placed ikebana beside the work of top-drawer European and American contemporary artists, as if to suggest that the one’s distinct and historically-rooted sense of craft might begin to inform the other’s cultural capital, and vice-versa.

The Moment: Seeing Things: Flower Power
New York Times, June 26, 2008
“Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art” is a smart new exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles.