Moses created more than 250 hats from paper bags contributed by merchants in his Hawaiian neighborhood. Made in a project room of the local library during the 1980s, the hats are imaginative, amusing and timeless sculpture. They run the gamut from traditional — top hat, Civil War cap and the ’50s-style Anthurium— to fantastic — the ornately folded and pleated Gothic Knight and a series of caps crowned with seemingly suspended bamboo forms. Fashioned from the most ordinary material, these hats are whimsical, yet sophisticated; subtle, yet exuberant; delightful to behold and a pleasure to contemplate.
Collection Source: Mingei International Museum
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.