FOLK ART OF THE SOVIET UNION provided the first opportunity, outside the Soviet Union, to view over 700 folk art objects from the 18th to 20th centuries. These objects, on loan from the State Museum of Ethnography, Leningrad, were used in daily living and included rugs from Central Asia, Ukrainian glass and ceramics, textiles and furniture, clothing, jewelry, and domestic utensils.
Artist craftsmen, including a silversmith and weaver from the Republic of Georgia, demonstrated their arts within the exhibition space.
FOLK ART OF THE SOVIET UNION was organized and presented by Mingei International in conjunction with San Diego’s Art Festival, Treasures of Soviet Art and Culture. The exhibition was made possible in part by a grant from the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified Port District. It was organized in cooperation with The State Museum of Ethnography of the Peoples of the Soviet Union, Leningrad, and had Soviet curators. It was held at the B Street Pier Cruise Ship Terminal as part of the Museum’s outreach program. Afterwards, the exhibition traveled to the San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum.