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.


On View: Aug 04, 2012 - Feb 17, 2013

Curator: Rob Sidner