The exhibition of antique and contemporary dolls reflected the ideals of their makers, from the most profound beliefs and aspirations of the men and women who made them for their children to the frivolous delights of their own vanities and recreations. Major loans were made from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the collection of John Darcy Noble, the Strong Museum, Rochester, New York, and an anonymous private collection. Numerous ethnic dolls were from the permanent collection of Mingei International Museum.

A videotaped tour of the Goulden Baby House by Guest Curator John Darcy Noble, played during the run of the exhibition. Illustrated lectures were presented by Mr. Noble, “A Brief History of Dolls,” and Alan Pate, “Japanese Dolls.”

The hour-long Mingei International exhibition documentary videotape, DOLLS, and a seven-minute videotape featuring Wednesday’s Palace were made possible by an anonymous foundation.

This exhibition was funded in part by the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program.


On View: Aug 08, 1997 - Jan 03, 1999

Curator: John Darcy Noble

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