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.