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.
AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN FOLK ART FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
This exhibition explores nearly three centuries of American and European folk art from the Museum’s collection, with many artworks on view for the first time. Featured items include quilts, whirligigs and weather vanes, as well baskets and ceramic vessels. Figurative sculptural objects will also be on view, including works by Felipe Archuleta, Gerard Cambon and Beatrice Wood, in addition to anniversary tin gifts, a carnival knockdown figure, a carved and painted wood barber pole and needlepoint samplers. Exhibit runs November 19 to June 25.
Knotted Fiber Jewelry Sandy Swirnoff began creating knotted fiber jewelry in the early 1990s. Working with antique glass shards from the famed companies of Peynaud, Daum, Galle and Tiffany, she creates unique works of art that merge old with new. Swirnoff builds a custom beaded bezel and mount for each irregularly shaped glass piece and combines it with various beads. Her knotting process, a refined form of macramé, is delicate in approach yet often three-dimensional. This exhibition features approximately 30 necklaces that reveal the artist’s passion for nature, color, and texture, and will be accompanied by an 80-page publication. On view through June 4.
Traditional Shop Signs of Japan A fusion of art, design and commerce, kanban refers to traditional signs that Japanese merchants displayed to advertise and give identity and expression to their shops. From carved scenes of carp climbing waterfalls to images of seductive courtesans with painted faces, this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to figuratively walk and shop the streets of traditional Japan. On view April 15 to October 8.
TRAPPINGSHomage to the Horse and Other Steeds Timed with this year's racing season and the first ever Breeder's Cup event in Del Mar in November, this exhibition features objects from around the globe that celebrate the speed, power and serviceability of the horse and other noble beasts of burden. Pulled from the Museum's permanent collection and private lenders, this original exhibition will highlight classic horse figures and accoutrement of Asia and Europe; clay and wood horses of India; and artifacts of U.S., Native American and Mexican horse culture. Trappings for bullocks from Afghanistan to Indonesia, and camel trappings from Asia and the Middle East will also be shown, including a group of Iranian saddlebags. On view May 26 to November 12.
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