William L. Hawkins

An Imaginative Geography

June 9, 2018 - August 26, 2018Opens soon



70 Years of Craft & Design

April 21, 2018 - September 3, 2018Opens soon


Voluminous Art

Treasures from San Diego's University Libraries

March 10, 2018 - September 3, 2018


Weaving a Path

Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos

December 9, 2017 - May 20, 2018



Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal

Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.

October 28, 2017 - March 25, 2018Closes soon


Art of the Americas

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.

September 16, 2017 - February 18, 2018


Indonesian Shadow Puppets

An intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery featuring a selection of shadow puppets from Indonesia.

July 19, 2017 - March 18, 2018


Arline Fisch

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.

June 17, 2017 - January 7, 2018



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.

May 26, 2017 - November 12, 2017



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.

April 15, 2017 - October 8, 2017


Sandy Swirnoff

Knotted Fiber Jewelry

Featuring 30 necklaces and bracelets that reveal Sandy Swirnoff’s passion for nature, color, and texture.

January 14, 2017 - June 4, 2017


American and European Folk Art

An exhibition dedicated to three centuries of American and European folk art from the Museum’s permanent collection.

November 19, 2016 - August 20, 2017


Day of the Dead Altar

9th Annual Day of the Dead Altar

9th Annual Day of the Dead Altar, honoring singer-songwriter José Alfredo Jiménez (1926 –1973).

November 1, 2016 - December 5, 2016


Layers of Brilliance

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.

October 29, 2016 - April 30, 2017


Tools & Utensils

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.

October 29, 2016 - April 30, 2017


The Erik Gronborg Experience

This exhibition is the first major retrospective of Erik Gronborg and will present a full picture of his creative life.

August 6, 2016 - March 12, 2017


Mingei of Japan

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.

April 2, 2016 - October 2, 2016


Made in America

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.

September 19, 2015 - February 21, 2016


Carved and Whittled Sculpture

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.

July 25, 2015 - January 10, 2016


Self-Taught Genius

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.

April 18, 2015 - August 16, 2015


Black Dolls

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.

February 7, 2015 - July 5, 2015



December 5, 2014 - December 5, 2015


Three on the Edge

Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, James Hubbell, and Wallace Cunningham

This exhibition highlights the original architecture and design creations of Kellogg, Hubbell and Cunningham.

October 25, 2014 - March 15, 2015


In the Realm of Nature

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.

September 13, 2014 - March 15, 2015


Surf Craft

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.

June 21, 2014 - January 11, 2015


Student Craft 2014

Useful Forms

Join Mingei in celebrating the continued tradition of craft in our community and the fine work being done at the schools in our region.

May 3, 2014 - June 1, 2014



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.

April 26, 2014 - September 28, 2014


Dolls and Toys

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.

April 5, 2014 - January 1, 1970


A Golden Age of Marketing Design

Huyler's Pure Delicious Chocolate, 1874-1925

Explore 50 years of advertising and marketing design history of Huyler's, a high-end chocolate manufacturer.

March 22, 2014 - August 17, 2014


Log Cabin Quilts

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.

February 6, 2014 - May 28, 2014


Function and Fantasy

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.

February 1, 2014 - May 26, 2014


Please Be Seated

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.

October 5, 2013 - March 30, 2014


Struck by Modernism

C. Carl Jennings, California Artist-Blacksmith

August 24, 2013 - February 23, 2014



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.

April 5, 2013 - January 1, 1970



Artful Animals from the Permanent Collection

March 23, 2013 - September 8, 2013


Bill Traylor

Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Art

February 9, 2013 - May 12, 2013


True Blue

Indigo, Turquoise, Cobalt and Lapis Lazuli

August 4, 2012 - February 17, 2013


Northern Stars

Twentieth Century Finnish Design

January 29, 2012 - April 21, 2012


Bold Expressions

African American Quilts From the Collection of Corrine Riley

May 5, 2011 - December 18, 2011


Maneki Neko

Japan's Beckoning Cats - From Talisman to Pop Icon

March 3, 2011 - January 5, 2012


In Their Own Words

Classic and Contemporary Native American Art

February 19, 2011 - September 5, 2011


Zandra Rhodes

A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles

October 3, 2010 - April 3, 2011


Tequila Bottles

From the Collection of El Agave

August 8, 2010 - January 2, 2011


¡Viva México!

Heroes and Artisans

February 28, 2010 - January 2, 2011


Tempering Memory

Photographs of Contemporary Mexico by Julio Rodríguez

February 28, 2010 - August 1, 2010