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Glorious Excess (Dies): Mike Shinoda the Artist & MC, August 30, 2009

I went to the Japanese American National Museum tonight for Mike Shinoda's unveiling of his new exhibit called, "Glorious Excess (Dies)." It was a promotional event and Mike Shinoda was there to sign autographs and meet fans. The set up was pretty amazing to me, since admission was free and you had the option to buy something for him to sign, but could just opt out to take a free picture with the humble star. Usually events like these get you to pay for something somehow.

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda on Dealing with Brutal Criticism & Fighting Tooth and Nail for Your Vision, August 28, 2009

Do you get defensive when your creative vision is criticized after days of painstaking work? So did Mike Shinoda, who isn’t just a super-successful musician but also an exciting artist. He was kind enough to talk exclusively to SUBvert about his own personal and sometimes painful experiences in the early days of Linkin Park. Read on to discover how you can use Mike’s hard-learned lessons to boost YOUR creative career…

Kokeshi craze hits exhibit in Little Tokyo at the JANM, August 24, 2009

No longer just a child's toy, the Japanese Kokeshi doll has claimed a new role among art toy enthusiasts. For illustrators and artists alike, the kokeshi doll is an object of beauty, perfect for transforming into modern art objects. Currently on display at the Japanese American National Museum are over 100 such examples of kokeshi doll forms, custom-made by over 100 international artists.

Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy
NBC4 News, August 6, 2009

NBC4 Reporter Cary Berglund interviews Japanese American National Museum curator Maria Kwong and artists Joji Okazaki, Nicole DeLeon and Edwin Ushio about the current exhibition, Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy. The feature show many of the hundreds of kokeshi on display. (2:29 in length)

Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy
Cool Hunting, July 21, 2009

The exhibit, "Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy" pays homage to traditional Japanese Kokeshi, brightly painted wooden dolls with no arms or legs, at the LATDA in collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in downtown Los Angeles. A giant crocheted doll by Emi Motokaw greets museum goers at the entrance, welcoming them into the three-part exhibit. The first part shows Itske and Anthony Stern's collection of traditional Kokeshi, followed by 11 contemporary artists' original takes on the Kokeshi in diverse media. For the third section entitled "Custom Kokeshi 2009," curator Christina Conway gave over 100 artists an identical blank Kokeshi form to create pieces of art.

Cool Hunting asked Conway to tell us more about the world of customized toys, the artists and the surprises she found along the way.

Materials left by late artist provide look at Japanese-American experience
Riverside Press-Enterprise, July 14, 2009

Miné Okubo never forgot Riverside City College.

Okubo, best known for writing and illustrating Citizen 13660, the first account of life in World War II Japanese-American internment camps, was born in Riverside in 1912 and graduated from Poly High School and Riverside Junior College, as it was then known. The book, published in 1946, is still used at colleges today.

Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy Exhibition
Studio-Online, July 2, 2009

Kokeshi originated in the north of Japan in a region called Tohoku, and often were the toys of the children of farmers or souvenirs for visitors to nearby hot springs. Handmade out of wood, they traditionally were characterized by a slim trunk for a body and a larger round head. As a Japanese folk toy, kokeshi are believed by some to be charms that can help ward off dangers, especially fire. The wood of the mizuki tree is often used for kokeshi and mizuki literally translates as "water tree."

Preview: Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy @JANM (7.11)
Daily DuJour, June 24, 2009

Presented by LATDA, Kokeshi from Folk Art to Art Toy opening on July 11th, 2009 @ the Japanese American National Museum, offers a broad survey of a multitude of Kokeshi – Japanese wood dolls that were traditionally collected as souvenirs by hot springs visitors. The large show will feature three sections – the first features over 300 examples of traditional kokeshi from the collection of Itske and Anthony Stern, the second features contemporary original takes on the koekshi from eleven artists working in diverse media, and the third section entitled Custom Kokeshi 2009 curated by Christina Conway features over 100 international artists interpretations of an identical blank kokeshi wood form.

Upcoming KOKESHI: FROM FOLK ART TO ART TOY Exhibit Subject of Discussion Board
The ARTCHIVAL, May 27, 2009

The National Museum's upcoming new exhibition, Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy, which opens July 11, is already the subject of discussion on message boards. Over 100 artists are participating by creating customized Kokeshi dolls for the show.

Click on the link to see what people are saying about this exciting show.

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.
Wanna Bet? George Takei Wins Big for Museum
Live from L.A., July 22, 2008
Actor George Takei, Chairman Emeritus of the Japanese American National Museum, participated in the ABC show, "Wanna Bet?", and wound up winning more than $100,000 for his favorite institution. According to writer Dave Campbell, the moral is, "Always bet on Sulu."
Return to Amache
Rafu Shimpo, July 12, 2008
Former internees revisit Amache as part of JANM’s national conference held last week in Denver.
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.
Amache camp survivors remember tough times
Denver Post, July 4, 2008
Former camp inmates forced to live in a government-run prison in Colorado returned and recalled their unconstitutional imprisonment during World War II.
Remembering 'all' American History
9NEWS Denver, July 4, 2008
National Conference to explore chapter of American history that should not be forgotten.
Japanese Americans Decry Erosion of Civil Rights
Daily Camera, July 6, 2008
Japanese Americans expressed their fears about the erosion of civil rights after 9/11 in much the same way as what happened to them during World War II.
Denver Post, July 5, 2008
Many Japanese Americans who attended the "Whose America? Who's American? Diversity, Civil Liberties, and Social Justice" national conference in Denver are worried about the Patriot Act and its connection to the unconstitutional World War II mass incarceration of their community.
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.



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