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.
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.
An intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery featuring a selection of shadow puppets from Indonesia.
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.
Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.