Mingei International Museum
Mingei International Museum is located in Balboa Park on the Plaza de Panama. The museum features dynamic, changing exhibitions of folk art, craft, and design from all eras and cultures of the world.
Asafo Flags from Ghana
This exhibition features 36 flags from West Africa. A recent donation to Mingei International, these colorful flags dating to the late 19th and 20th Centuries feature graphic folk imagery and appliqued designs over a background of dyed cotton cloth. They were commissioned by military organizations known as asafo, or “companies,” whose primary role was to exert power, exercise political influence, and maintain codes of conduct within Fante communities. Runs February 6 through July 10.
Mingei of Japan
Treasures New and Old from the Museum's Collection, will bring us back to the Museum's roots and feature recent gifts and purchases along with iconic permanent collection pieces. Among donated treasures to be seen for the first time will be important textiles; indigo-dyed bed-clothes, door-way hangings and kimono belts. A large selection of mostly-19th century Shinto ema paintings will also be exhibited for the first time. These disarming folk paintings depict familiar and exotic animals, vegetables and people. Among familiar treasures will be soba cups, tea kettles and pots, a selection of pottery and kimono of national treasure Keisuke Serizawa. Brief selections from Soetsu Yanagi's writings (he coined the word mingei) will accompany and give context to this wide range of objects. Runs April 2 through October 2.
Student Craft 2016
Expressions of Culture, Mingei's biannual juried exhibition of craft work created by high school students from across San Diego County. Taking inspiration from Mingei's international focus, the exhibition centers on the students' expressions of personal and collective culture, celebrating the continuing tradition of craft education in our community and the innate creativity that is present within us all. Runs June 4 through August 21.
The Erik Gronborg Experience
The first major retrospective devoted to Gronborg, this exhibition will present a full picture of this Danish-born American artist's creative life over 55 years. Guest-curated by Dave Hampton, this project brings together examples of Gronborg's sculpture in cast bronze, carved wood, and other media, as well as studio furniture and a comprehensive survey of his ceramics. Images of the remarkable house and garden that Erik and his wife Irina have carefully modified over the years in Solana Beach will add environmental context to the objects in the exhibition. Gronborg's writing, another aspect of his rich creative life, will also be featured. Runs August 6 through March 12, 2017.
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