Doors From Four Cultures

From the Museum’s Collection

On View

Jun 5 - Sep 27, 2009

Curated By

Rob Sidner

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

An exhibition of doors from Japan, India, Indonesia and Mali

Among our most common daily experiences, opening, walking through and closing a door is rich with meaning and symbolic power. A door is a boundary between inside and outside worlds, between the personal and the social, between private and public. The door is a limit – keeping some out and offering protection for those within. The door, too, is a place of welcome and farewell, of beginnings and endings and an object of expectation and hesitation.

No wonder, then, that in many cultures doors are beautifully made in themselves and often emblazoned with color or designs, paintings or carvings. They are striking examples of mingei – beautiful objects of daily use that draw attention to and enrich people’s routines and surroundings.