This exhibition was circulated by the Art Museum Association of America to many museums throughout the United States. It was made possible in part by Mervyn’s and The Director’s Circle.
PAPER INNOVATIONS featured selections from historical and contemporary international collections and comprised over 300 rare works on paper. It represented geographical areas of the world where the making and utilization of paper made an important aesthetic contribution: Egypt, China, India, America, England and continental Europe. Objects ranged from flat sheets of exquisite paper, handmade by a Living Treasure of Japan, Eishiro Abe, to a vast variety of complex forms created by folding, cutting, bending and molding paper. Workshops and demonstrations in paper weaving, paper folding and papermaking were held in conjunction with the exhibition.
The Mingei International documentary publication, PAPER INNOVATIONS, includes commentaries by Susan Olsen, Margaret Ahrens Sahlstrand and Florence Temko, authorities on paper as an art.
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.
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.
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.