Past Events in 2011

Dec. 23, 2011 – Jan. 2, 2012
Clark Center closed to the public

Nov. 24 – 25, 2011
Clark Center closed to the public

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, 2 pm
Opening lecture for Woven Identities, Rotation 2

Nov. 12, 2011 – Jan. 28, 2012
Exhibition: Woven Identities of Japan: Kimono and Costumes

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, 3 pm
Docent training for Woven Identities, Rotation 2

Nov. 7 – 11, 2011
Clark Center closed to the public

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, 2:00 pm, Lecture
Resilience and Hope: Japan’s Long Road to Recovery
Voices from the Northeast Disaster Region
Dr. Katsuyo Howard, LMFT, Counselor Emerita, California State University, Fresno

A natural disaster of enormous magnitude hit Northeast Japan on March 11 of this year. Japan has been dealing ever since with the tremendous challenge to recover and rebuild people’s lives and communities. The world has witnessed the spirit and strength of the Japanese people for the last 6 months as they have made remarkable progress. Their efforts have deeply touched the hearts of many people but the road to recovery is complex and unprecedented. Delayed plans for new infrastructure in the affected region, and emerging long-term mental health issues raise serious new challenges that must now be tackled. Dr. Katsuyo Howard traveled in the devastated region in July and August. She will share the voices of victims, leaders, service providers, and volunteer workers and outline the complex and difficult issues the Japanese are faced with as they work to rebuild the sustainable, traditional, close-knit communities unique to Northeast Japan.
Free

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, 10 am – 5 pm
3rd Kazari: Bonsai Display Competition
National competition on the art of displaying bonsai in a tokonoma alcove.

Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Lecture
Kimono Unwrapped: An Introduction to Wearing Japanese Clothing
Intricate and visually breathtaking, the kimono has long been a focus of fascination for the world outside Japan. As the traditional dress of Japan it symbolizes the spirit of the country yet the cost and challenge of dressing oneself means that today it is seldom worn by Japanese on an everyday basis.
In conjunction with our two-part exhibition, Woven Identities of Japan, we will host a demonstration on how to wear kimono given by Masumi Seki. Today living in Tokyo, Ms. Seki is a graduate of San Francisco State University and a master of the Japanese way of the tea as taught by the Urasenke tea school. She is a member of the Urasenke International Association (UIA) and currently teaches at several institutions. Her activities with the UIA include leading a presentation titled "The Way of Tea" to foreigners in Japan. As wearing kimono is an intrinsic part of the tea ceremony, Ms. Seki possesses an extensive knowledge of this wearable art form. She will not only demonstrate and discuss the traditional manner of wearing kimono, but also show how Westerners can incorporate kimono into their daily life. The event will include an introduction to the history of kimono followed by demonstrations on a live model. This event is ideal for those who have always wanted to learn about kimono, those interested in textiles, or those who simply love fashion of all kinds.
Reservation required. Tickets for non-members $10.

Saturday, Sep. 24, 2011, 12:30 – 5 pm
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Free general admission for up to two people when presented with a Museum Day Admission Card

Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011, 3 pm
Docent training for Woven Identities, Rotation 1

Sunday, Sep. 4, 2011, 2 pm
Opening lecture for Woven Identities of Japan: Rotation 1, Ainu and Okinawan Textiles

July 31 – Sep. 3, 2011
Clark Center closed to the public

April 22, 2011
Clark Center closed.

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 3 pm
Docent Training for the new exhibition: Fukami: Purity of Form
Conducted by Dr. Andreas Marks, curator of the exhibition
For those interested in assisting with gallery tours, please join us.

Sunday, March 27, 2011, 10 am
A Conversation with the Artist
Conversation with Fukami Sueharu in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Fukami: Purity of Form
Reservation required. Click here for more information.

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 6 pm
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER: An Evening with the Artist
Exclusive exhibition preview, reception and gourmet dinner in conjunction with the exhibition Fukami: Purity of Form
Reservation required. Click here for more information.

March 20 – 28, 2011
Clark Center closed.

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 2 pm
Gallery talk about bamboo art and its relationship with the greater world of sculptural art, accompanying the opening of the new exhibition
Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art

Conducted by Robert T. Coffland, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Reservation required. Tickets for non-members $10.

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 3 pm
Docent Training for the new exhibition
Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art

Conducted by Dr. Andreas Marks, curator of the exhibition
For those interested in assisting with gallery tours, please join us.

January 23 – 28, 2011
Clark Center is closed.

November 20, 2010 – January 22, 2011
Luminosity in Monochrome: Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy
(Rotation 2: "The Life of the Mind")

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