Opening of the exhibition "Landscaping America: Beyond the Japanese Garden"
Gardens were among the first forms of Japanese culture to gain popularity in the United States. Since their introduction to the American public at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Japanese-style gardens have proliferated across the country.
Landscaping America reveals the personal stories, historical journeys, communities, and creativity that underlie the surface of the "Japanese garden." This multimedia exhibition highlights how West Coast Japanese Americans drew upon their agricultural and ethnic backgrounds to carve out a viable vocational niche in gardening while reinterpreting Japanese garden traditions, offering alternative approaches to working with nature, and contributing to the diversity of the American landscape.
Landscaping America: Beyond the Japanese Garden is made possible, in part, by major support from the Aratani Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation. Generous support was also provided by The James Irvine Foundation, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and The Boeing Company.
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