An Imaginative Geography
70 Years of Craft & Design
Treasures from San Diego's University Libraries
Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos
Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.
Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei's Collection
Part of the Getty Center-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this exhibition offers the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Museum’s significant holdings of objects used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico, Central and South America.
An intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery featuring a selection of shadow puppets from Indonesia.
One of a Kind
Featuring jewelry, body ornaments and a collection of knitted and crocheted wire hanging flowers and sea creatures by internationally-renowned artist, Arline Fisch.
Homage to the Horse and Other Steeds
Featuring objects from around the globe that celebrate the speed, power and serviceability of the horse and other noble beasts of burden.
Traditional Shop Signs of Japan
Created from wood, bamboo, iron, paper, fabric, gold leaf and lacquer, these unique objects are a rich fusion of art and commerce.
Knotted Fiber Jewelry
Featuring 30 necklaces and bracelets that reveal Sandy Swirnoff’s passion for nature, color, and texture.
An exhibition dedicated to three centuries of American and European folk art from the Museum’s permanent collection.
9th Annual Day of the Dead Altar
9th Annual Day of the Dead Altar, honoring singer-songwriter José Alfredo Jiménez (1926 –1973).
The Journey of Japanese Lacquer Tools
Japanese lacquer tools—humble, functional boards, bowls, buckets, shelves, and drawers—used to produce lacquer have become aesthetic objects over time. In their myriad colorful drips and accumulated layers of viscous texture, they record the countless lacquer objects created from them.
The Beauty of Objects from The World's Kitchens and Workshops
Tools and utensils have extended the arms, hands and feet of humans since the beginning of our time on earth. This exhibition presents such artful objects of daily use from cultures across the globe.
This exhibition is the first major retrospective of Erik Gronborg and will present a full picture of his creative life.
From the Permanent Collection
Expressions of Culture
Treasures New and Old from the Museum’s Collection
Return to the Museum's origins and to plumb again the rich core of the permanent collection, its Japanese arts of daily life.
Craft Icons of the 50 States
This exhibition features traditional and contemporary craft icons, from all fifty states, and highlights distinctive materials, excellence of workmanship and makers’ imaginations.
from the Pat L. Nickols Collection
American Folk Art Walking Sticks from the Hill Collection
This exhibition, organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, provides a unique view of creativity and culture.
Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum
This exhibition features masterpieces in a variety of forms including textiles and needlework, ceramics, sculptural and carved figures, drawings, paintings, furniture, and much more, dating from the 18th century to the present.
from the Collection of Deborah Neff
This exhibition presents over 100 unique handmade African-American dolls. Their embroidered, stitched and painted faces express a variety of emotions–surprise, puzzlement, contentment and joy.
Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, James Hubbell, and Wallace Cunningham
This exhibition highlights the original architecture and design creations of Kellogg, Hubbell and Cunningham.
Annual Day of the Dead Altar presented by Mingei International Museum in collaboration with University of Tijuana CUT.
Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi
This new exhibition presents an inspiring, retrospective view of work by two of America’s foremost pioneers in contemporary craft, Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale.
Design and the Culture of Board Riding
This exhibition is a unique surfboard exhibition exploring board design from a previously unexamined perspective: in the context of Soetsu Yanagi’s mingei philosophy of the importance of craft.
Join Mingei in celebrating the continued tradition of craft in our community and the fine work being done at the schools in our region.
Selections from the Permanent Collection
This exhibition presents a diverse collection of masks from the Museum’s permanent collection from numerous countries, including Mexico, Japan, Indonesia and Nigeria.
From the Permanent Collection
A rotating selection of dolls and toys offering a taste of the breadth and depth of the Museum's collection, including the beloved A Palace for Wednesday, are now on view in the Museum's Doll and Toy Gallery.
Huyler's Pure Delicious Chocolate, 1874-1925
Explore 50 years of advertising and marketing design history of Huyler's, a high-end chocolate manufacturer.
This selection of quilts, from the Pat L. Nickols collection, is comprised of traditional quilts made from the early 1800s to the 1950s, gathered from many parts of the United States.
Steven and William Ladd are brothers who work with beads, fabric and boxes in developing labor intensive, meticulous and abstract work that expresses their shared memories of family life in Missouri.
Encounter artistic invention in seating that is common and comfortable, traditional, and contemporary and with a dash of the unexpected and quirky. The range of seating examples will include bark cloth next to the ground and rugs, mats, pillows, stools and benches, moving on to both exotic and familiar chairs from pre-industrial societies.
C. Carl Jennings, California Artist-Blacksmith
from the Permanent Collection
A rotating selection of beads and beaded objects offering a taste of the breadth and depth of the Museum's collection are now on view in the Museum's Bead Gallery.