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過去の展覧会

Folding Paper

The Infinite Possibilities of Origami

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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

過去のイベント

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2012年08月26日(日)

Exhibition Closing
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ガイドツアー

2012年08月25日(土)

"Folding Paper" Exhibition Tour
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ワークショップ&クラス

2012年07月28日(土)

Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Kusudama
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ガイドツアー

2012年06月02日(土)

"Folding Paper" Exhibition Tour
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ガイドツアー

2012年04月14日(土)

"Folding Paper" Exhibition Tour
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特別イベント

2012年03月10日(土)

Target Free Family Saturday: Folding Paper!

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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