This spring, Mingei International Museum will shine a spotlight on the lesser-known libraries of UC San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego.

VOLUMINOUS ART – Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries will celebrate the art of the book by showcasing approximately 25 volumes from each library collection, a sampling that will hint at centuries-old practices of book design, typography, binding and printing.

The oldest work on view will be a manuscript volume on the art and science of spelling from the 1200s. Many of the books will have been printed during the first 50 years after Gutenberg’s breakthrough with movable type, including the Nuremberg Chronicle. There will also be a portfolio of colored pictures hand drawn by a Kiowa Indian named Koba while he was imprisoned at a military facility in St. Augustine, Florida in 1876.

To honor his San Diego legacy, we will include a Dr. Seuss book with an original drawing by Theodor Geisel. Finally, there will be multiple examples of so-called artists’ books – contemporary creations,usually in very small, one-off editions of eccentric art works.

Details

On View: Mar 10, 2018 - Sep 03, 2018

Curator: Rob Sidner

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October 12, 2008 - August 1, 2009

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October 22, 2009 - May 10, 2010

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February 28, 2010 - August 1, 2010

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February 19, 2011 - September 5, 2011

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August 8, 2010 - January 2, 2011

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October 3, 2010 - April 3, 2011

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May 5, 2011 - December 18, 2011

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August 4, 2012 - February 17, 2013

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February 9, 2013 - May 12, 2013

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March 23, 2013 - September 8, 2013

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October 25, 2014 - March 15, 2015

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April 26, 2014 - September 28, 2014

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February 7, 2015 - July 5, 2015

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April 26, 2006 - September 17, 2007

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April 22, 2006 - October 1, 2006

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October 23, 2005 - April 4, 2006

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March 21, 2005 - July 10, 2005

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November 20, 2004 - June 15, 2005

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October 25, 2004 - October 31, 2005

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August 24, 2004 - September 1, 2005

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June 8, 2004 - October 25, 2004

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January 14, 2004 - June 11, 2006

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June 26, 2003 - April 18, 2004

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Heirlooms of the Future

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June 7, 2003 - November 7, 2004

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February 18, 2003 - May 11, 2003

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February 2, 2003 - April 19, 2003

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Silver and Silk

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October 20, 2002 - June 11, 2003

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August 28, 2002 - January 12, 2003

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June 28, 2002 - February 19, 2003

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February 10, 2002 - September 15, 2002

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December 11, 2001 - October 28, 2003

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June 17, 2001 - November 25, 2001

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March 9, 2001 - June 7, 2001

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June 10, 2000 - October 1, 2000

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Mingei of Japan

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March 4, 2000 - August 13, 2000

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April 23, 1999 - June 6, 1999

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February 28, 1999 - August 1, 1999

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March 24, 1998 - January 31, 1999

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August 8, 1997 - January 3, 1999

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Haiti

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May 17, 1997 - November 23, 1997

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The Beaded Universe

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February 1, 1997 - November 2, 1997

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Yurta

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February 1, 1997 - July 6, 1997

Exhibition

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January 1, 1997 - January 1, 1998

Exhibition

A Transcultural Mosaic

Selections from Mingei International's Permanent Collection

September 1, 1996 - November 1, 1996

Exhibition

Mingei of Japan

Selections from Mingei International's Permanent Collection

August 1, 1996 - September 14, 1999

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Loominations

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January 19, 1996 - March 3, 1996

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Kindred Spirits

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May 21, 1995 - October 8, 1995

Exhibition

First Collections

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October 8, 1994 - December 31, 1994

Exhibition

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February 12, 1994 - September 4, 1994

Exhibition

Heirlooms of the Future

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August 22, 1993 - January 15, 1994

Exhibition

Mingei of Japan

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February 5, 1993 - August 25, 1993

Exhibition

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September 12, 1992 - January 10, 1993

Exhibition

Arrows of the Spirit

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January 1, 1992 - August 1, 1992

Exhibition

Out of the East

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November 2, 1991 - February 4, 1992

Exhibition

The Other Face

Balinese Dance Masks and Related Arts of Indonesia

May 2, 1991 - September 29, 1991

Exhibition

Tibet

Art of the People from the Rooftop of the World

March 3, 1991 - May 2, 1991

Exhibition

Mayan Threads

Textile Art Treasures of the Ixchel Museum, Guatemala

January 9, 1990 - July 29, 1990

Exhibition

Spirit of America

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October 1, 1989 - February 1, 1990

Exhibition

Ethiopia

Folk Art of a Hidden Empire

July 16, 1983 - November 25, 1983

Exhibition

The Art of Tantra

A Cosmic Sign Language

October 22, 1983 - May 25, 1984

Exhibition

Todos Santos

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January 31, 1984 - April 15, 1984

Exhibition

Sami Daidda

Art of Lapland

April 14, 1984 - July 21, 1984

Exhibition

Paper Innovations

Handmade Paper and Handmade Objects of Cut, Folded or Molded Paper

October 18, 1986 - January 22, 1987

Exhibition

First Collections

Dolls and Folk Toys of the World

November 21, 1987 - April 1, 1988

Exhibition

All Flags Flying

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May 7, 1988 - July 15, 1988

Exhibition

Mithila – Images of Life

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August 5, 1988 - October 23, 1988

Exhibition

Interlacing

The Elemental Fabric

November 12, 1988 - February 26, 1989

Exhibition

A Transcultural Mosaic

Selections from the Permanent Collection of Mingei International

February 18, 1989 - July 30, 1989

Exhibition

Lures of the Ice

Fish Decoys from the Collection of William Bender

August 5, 1989 - September 10, 1989

Exhibition

Earl Cunningham

His Carefree American World

August 5, 1989 - September 10, 1989

Exhibition

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September 13, 2014 - March 15, 2015

Exhibition

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June 21, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Exhibition

A Golden Age of Marketing Design

Huyler's Pure Delicious Chocolate, 1874-1925

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March 22, 2014 - August 17, 2014