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Folding Paper

The Infinite Possibilities of Origami

Gallery Activities

Give origami a try with hands-on activities in the galleries that will give you an opportunity to learn how origami has connections to art, math, and more!

  • Make or take a paper crane to share wishes for peace, hope, and longevity
  • Fold an origami penguin like the one displayed in the exhibition
  • Try your hand at modular origami
  • Put your math skills to use with some simple origami math

 

Exhibition Videos

A selection of origami related videos are playing in the exhibition:

  • Telescope Lens video (2003), 20 seconds. Based on an algorithm by Robert J. Lang. Courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
  • Airbag Deployment video (1999), 8 seconds. In 1999, Robert J. Lang was contacted by EASi Engineering (now carhs gmbh) to help with software that simulates airbag deployment. Lang developed an airbag-flattening algorithm based on origami. Courtesy of Robert J. Lang and Rainer Hoffman.
  • Building Architecture: The Temporary Chapel, St. Loup (La Chapelle Ephémère St. Loup) video (2011), 12 minutes. Directed by Stéphanie Barbey. Produced by SRG SSR idée suisse. This documentary explores the inspiration behind the construction of a temporary chapel for a community of nuns in the Swiss foothills. The architect who was commissioned for the project created a structure modeled on origami folding and translated it into an exquisite building where the nuns could worship while their main chapel was under renovation.
  • ASICS Commercial—“60 Years in Pursuit of Perfection” (2007), 5 minutes. Designed by Sipho Mabona and Nordpol Hamburg+. The German advertising company Nordpol Hamburg+ asked Sipho Mabona to help them make an animated origami commercial that tells the story of the Japanese sports brand ASICS. He spent the following six weeks designing approximately 20 origami models for the video and consulting with the computer animators. The worldwide corporate movie has won numerous awards. Courtesy of Nordpol Hamburg+.
  • Robert J. Lang Folding a Turtle (2003), approx. 10 minutes. Courtesy of Robert J. Lang and Indigo Video & Image Services, Redding, CA.
  • Between the Folds (excerpt from the feature-length documentary) (2010). Directed by Vanessa Gould. Between the Folds is a documentary film exploring connections between art, science, and creativity through the eyes and experiences of the world’s best paper folders. Courtesy of Vanessa Gould, Green Fuse Films/PBS, USA.

 

Origami Resources

Download the origami resources list produced for the exhibition (PDF).

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Origami on Discover Nikkei

DiscoverNikkei.org is an award-winning web project of the Japanese American National Museum that provides an interactive space for sharing Nikkei-related community and personal stories, events, and resources.

Journal Articles:

Nikkei Album:

Share your own stories and photos on Discover Nikkei!

 

Guide by CellGuide by Cell
FREE AUDIO TOUR

Enhance your experience of Folding Paper with the FREE audio cell phone tour (no cost except your cell phone minutes).

Hear information and commentary by curator Meher McArthur. Hang up and call back as often as you’d like before, during, and after your visit. The Cell Phone Audio Tour Guide will be accessible from March 10 through August 26, 2012.

Prompt 200: Exhibition introduction

Prompt 201: Major figures who helped spread origami

Prompt 202: Complex creatures

Prompt 203: How many sheets?

Prompt 204: Naturalistic origami

Prompt 205: Modular origami and connected cranes

Prompt 206: Tessellations

Prompt 207: Abstract sculpture

Prompt 208: Contemporary applications of origami

Prompt 209: The installation art of Sipho Mabona

2012年03月10日-08月26日

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami is the first museum exhibition to explore the history of paper folding, the works of the world’s foremost origami artists, and the connection between origami and mathematics, science, and design.

Origami, or Japanese paper folding, began centuries ago in Japan, probably in religious ceremonies and as a pastime of Court nobles. By the 17th century, much of the population was folding birds, animals, and boxes. Paper folding was also practiced in Europe and became well established there by the 19th century. In both regions, the practice was regarded primarily as a children’s craft or hobby for adults with nimble fingers. It was not considered “art” until the mid 20th century, when folders around the world began experimenting with different styles, techniques, and materials. Now, origami is a sophisticated international art form worthy of museum exhibition, collection, and scholarship.

The exhibition showcases contemporary origami by renowned artists from countries as diverse as Japan, the United States, Uruguay, and Russia. It presents them within the context of origami history and examines the many evolving styles of origami today, from representational figures from nature to modular geometric forms and abstract sculptures.

The exhibition also examines the relationship between origami and art, science, and mathematics, and demonstrates its tremendous impact in areas as diverse as space exploration, medical research, and fashion design. Lastly, Folding Paper explores origami—particularly the beloved crane—as a powerful tool for world peace. 

The exhibition is curated by Meher McArthur, with Robert J. Lang as exhibition advisor, and organized by the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, and International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition was generously supported by the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

International Arts & Artists

 

Support Provided by:

James Irvine Foundation      Pasadena Art Alliance        UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies      Japan Foundation
 

Additional support provided by Helen Sperber, Dawn Ishimaru Frazier, and Nichi Bei Fujin Kai.

 

Support for Related Public Programs by:
 

Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
 

City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs      Los Angeles Arts Commission      Target

 

Media Sponsors:
 

The Rafu Shimpo   LA18     UTB 18.2

2012年03月10日-08月26日

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami is the first museum exhibition to explore the history of paper folding, the works of the world’s foremost origami artists, and the connection between origami and mathematics, science, and design.

Origami, or Japanese paper folding, began centuries ago in Japan, probably in religious ceremonies and as a pastime of Court nobles. By the 17th century, much of the population was folding birds, animals, and boxes. Paper folding was also practiced in Europe and became well established there by the 19th century. In both regions, the practice was regarded primarily as a children’s craft or hobby for adults with nimble fingers. It was not considered “art” until the mid 20th century, when folders around the world began experimenting with different styles, techniques, and materials. Now, origami is a sophisticated international art form worthy of museum exhibition, collection, and scholarship.

The exhibition showcases contemporary origami by renowned artists from countries as diverse as Japan, the United States, Uruguay, and Russia. It presents them within the context of origami history and examines the many evolving styles of origami today, from representational figures from nature to modular geometric forms and abstract sculptures.

The exhibition also examines the relationship between origami and art, science, and mathematics, and demonstrates its tremendous impact in areas as diverse as space exploration, medical research, and fashion design. Lastly, Folding Paper explores origami—particularly the beloved crane—as a powerful tool for world peace. 

The exhibition is curated by Meher McArthur, with Robert J. Lang as exhibition advisor, and organized by the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, and International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition was generously supported by the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

International Arts & Artists

 

Support Provided by:

James Irvine Foundation      Pasadena Art Alliance        UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies      Japan Foundation
 

Additional support provided by Helen Sperber, Dawn Ishimaru Frazier, and Nichi Bei Fujin Kai.

 

Support for Related Public Programs by:
 

Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
 

City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs      Los Angeles Arts Commission      Target

 

Media Sponsors:
 

The Rafu Shimpo   LA18     UTB 18.2

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