The color blue evokes mystery, beauty and allure. It can express the intense exhilaration of a blue sky day, yet also suggests the pit of despair, as in singing the blues. For ages humans have mined the gems turquoise, lapis lazuli and cobalt and manipulated them to re-imagine the world in glass, enamel, ceramic glaze and striking adornment. Indigo is a fabled plant that since ancient times has dignified and enriched hand-made fabric and paper. TRUE BLUE celebrates these four natural materials and their combination with human emotion, technical skill and the spark of creativity. This exhibition of objects from Mingei’s permanent collection will feature a broad variety of media from many different cultures.
Objects in the exhibition will include:
- Jewelry and adornment from the American Southwest, Tibet, Ladakh in Northern India, Central Asia and Africa.
- Glass by anonymous craftsmen and by renowned contemporary American artist-craftsman Dale Chihuly.
- Indigo garments and other textiles from Japan, Indonesia, Guatamala, Mexico and countries of Africa.
- A traditional American wedding basket by acclaimed contemporary artist craftsman Billie Ruth Suduth.
- An ancient Egyptian Mummy Mask in blue faience.
An exhibition dedicated to three centuries of American and European folk art from the Museum’s permanent collection.
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.