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Ongoing Art Exhibits sponsored by other organizations and supported by the Japan America Society.
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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    • Sunday, January 06, 2019
    • The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    Footed Fan-shaped Box (detail), Japanese, Edo period, late 17th–mid-18th century, lacquer. Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon. Photo: Thierry Ollivier. © RMN–Grand Palais/ Art Resource, NY

    Through January 6, 2019

    Tuesday - Thursday 10 am–5:30 pm
    Friday*–Saturday 10 am–9 pm
    Closed Mondays
    * Extended hours until August 31, 2018

    The Getty Center
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
    For GPS and maps use: Intersection of Getty Center Drive and Sepulveda Boulevard
    Map and directions

    Parking is $15; $10 after 3 pm.

    This exhibition showcases Japanese lacquer from the private collection of the French queen Marie-Antoinette. Her collection of small lacquer boxes was one of the finest in Europe, and she considered it to be among her most cherished possessions. The elaborate works reveal the queen's personal taste and demonstrate the high level of achievement attained by Japanese lacquer artists during the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Admission is free

    For more information, visit The J. Paul Getty Museum website

    • Saturday, November 03, 2018
    • Sunday, January 13, 2019
    • Shumei Hall Gallery, 2430 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

    Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Sunday, January 13, 2019
    9:30 am - 6:00 pm (Mon. - Sat.)

    Shumei Hall Gallery
    2430 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 MAP

    Opening Reception
    Saturday, November 3, 2018 2:00pm to 5:00pm

    During the reception, traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations incorporating high-quality Shigaraki tea bowls will be held at 3pm and 4pm at a cost of $10 per person, and will include handmade, organic wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets).

    RSVPs are required for the tea ceremony and can be made by calling the Shumei Hall at 626-584-8841.

    Shigaraki, located in Shiga prefecture close to the ancient capital of Kyoto, is one of Japan’s oldest kiln centers, and has produced stoneware ceramics since the 12th century. Shigaraki wares derive much of their character from the local silica-rich clay sourced from the bed of nearby Lake Biwa. The clay is also rich in iron, which gives the body its warm orange tone, and feldspar, which bursts out onto the surface during firing and creates a characteristic rough texture. During high-temperature firings in anagama (single-chambered sloping kilns), the wood used to fuel the kilns creates ash that lands on the surfaces of the objects and creates patches of natural brown and green glaze. All of these chemical factors in the creation of these ceramics resulted in warm, rustic wares, seemingly born organically from the earth. Though these ceramics were originally utilitarian, their natural beauty made them highly prized by tea masters as wares for the tea ceremony, and since the 16th century, tea bowls, jars, dishes, vases and other vessels from the Shigaraki kilns have been one of Japan’s most beloved and collected ceramics. 

    Curated and organized by Japanese art historian, Meher McArthur.

    Shumei Arts Website

    This exhibition is part of the AxS Festival, a regional celebration of art and science, based in Pasadena and surrounding communities. It has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Gordon Brodfuehrer, Wilson Grabill, Wakae Nakamoto, the Mingei International Museum, San Diego, and Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

Past events

Thursday, September 27, 2018 Exhibit: Shiguchi: The Hidden Art of Japanese Joinery
Thursday, August 30, 2018 Photography Exhibition: TOKYO Before/After
Friday, August 17, 2018 Exhibit: Prototyping in Tokyo: A Visual Story of Design-Led Innovation
Friday, June 22, 2018 Exhibit: "Naoki Sakai: Functional Aesthetics"
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Art Exhibit: Impressions of the Seas: Gyotaku Fish Prints by Dwight Hwang
Friday, March 09, 2018 Photo Exhibition: Helen Keller and Hachiko
Friday, September 15, 2017 Atmosphere in Japanese Painting
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veteran
Monday, August 01, 2016 Baseball Gallery at Sports Museum of Los Angeles features items from Babe Ruth and Dodgers visits to Japan
Saturday, April 02, 2016 Exhibit: Mingei of Japan - Treasures New and Old from the Museum’s Collection
Sunday, October 11, 2015 Exhibit: Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints from the Barbara S. Bowman Collection
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 Exhibits: Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows and The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography
Sunday, August 30, 2015 The Price Collection
Sunday, March 29, 2015 Exhibit: Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Groundswell: Guerilla Architecture in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Exhibit: Gathering Whispers – Solo Exhibition by Edwin Ushiro
Saturday, July 05, 2014 Exhibit: Kimono for a Modern Age
Saturday, July 05, 2014 Exhibit: Zuan: Japanese Design Books
Friday, June 27, 2014 Exhibition: Japanese Design Today 100
Friday, April 25, 2014 Exhibit: New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century
Friday, March 07, 2014 Art Exhibit: Enduring Connection Beyond Time, Space, and Culture
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense
Saturday, February 01, 2014 Exhibit: The Color of Life: Japanese Paintings from the Price Collection
Saturday, January 25, 2014 Exhibit: Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi
Friday, April 19, 2013 New Contemporary Exhibition: Takashi Tomo-oka
Saturday, April 13, 2013 Japanese Prints: Hokusai at LACMA
Friday, April 05, 2013 Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Japan’s Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto
Monday, January 28, 2013 Tanka After the Tsunami
Saturday, January 19, 2013 LACMA Installation: Cranes by Maruyama Okyo
Sunday, January 06, 2013 Idealization of Realty
Friday, November 23, 2012 Eiichiro Porcelain Arts Exhibition 2012
Saturday, November 03, 2012 Exhibit: SHADOWS: For the Sake of the Children
Saturday, October 27, 2012 Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints
Friday, August 10, 2012 Art Exhibition/Reception: The Los Angeles Nagoya Sakura Children's Art Exhibition
Saturday, August 04, 2012 Exhibition: Ohie Toshio and the Perfection of the Japanese Book
Sunday, June 03, 2012 Art Exhibition/Reception: Back to Earth by Kaoru Kaplan and Kazumi Onoue
Friday, May 04, 2012 Masterpieces of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Friday, April 20, 2012 Gajin Fujita: Ukiyo-e in Contemporary Painting
Friday, April 20, 2012 SAKURA Manga Poster Traveling Exhibit
Thursday, April 12, 2012 Japanese Paintings: Paths to Enlightenment
Saturday, April 07, 2012 LACMA Photo Exhibition: Fracture: Daido Moriyama
Friday, March 30, 2012 Kimono in the 20th Century
Saturday, March 10, 2012 FOLDING PAPER: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami
Sunday, March 04, 2012 MOVING FORWARD: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake
Sunday, November 13, 2011 100 Years: The Imagination of Robert Crowder, Vralati and Shoji Kuroda
Saturday, June 18, 2011 Masterpieces from the Price Collection
Saturday, April 16, 2011 Itō Jakuchū Exhibition: A Man with No Age
Monday, March 21, 2011 Art Exhibition "Meiji: Japan Rediscovered"
Thursday, January 27, 2011 Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road
Saturday, January 01, 2011 DREAMS & DIVERSIONS: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints
Saturday, January 01, 2011 Art Exhibition: "Japan in Blue and White"
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