Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum Mingei International Museum celebrates art of the people (mingei) from all cultures of the world and across human history.

At art museums, you can discover creativity at any age.  ✨
04/30/2024

At art museums, you can discover creativity at any age. ✨

Many museums around the country have had children’s programs for years — but they are on the rise now more than ever.

Inspiration is everywhere ✨ One of our newest   "Cups to Connections" embraces the art of hospitality and how the act of...
04/26/2024

Inspiration is everywhere ✨

One of our newest "Cups to Connections" embraces the art of hospitality and how the act of sharing a drink has the extraordinary power to bring people together, fostering a deep sense of community and belonging.

Explore an exhibition of cups and objects of hospitality that spark enjoyment beyond the taste of a sip.

🕰️ Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday: 10am - 5pm
🕰️ Friday: 10am - 8pm

Did you hear? 🎶 Artifact + Craft Café at Mingei has a new evening program called Dine & Vibe.  It's a partnership with W...
04/25/2024

Did you hear? 🎶
Artifact + Craft Café at Mingei has a new evening program called Dine & Vibe.

It's a partnership with Winyl Club, a local DJ collective, and it combines a listening experience with a night of food, wine, cocktails, and culture, from a la carte offerings to a three-course prix-fixe menu.

🍽️ Book your reservations today: https://bit.ly/3W9XJpP
📆 Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month | 6-8:30 pm

Wine events, a cocktail competition, and a farm dinner

🌟 You are a part of everything we do. We aren't Mingei without you! Mingei celebrates the beauty of everyday objects and...
04/23/2024

🌟 You are a part of everything we do. We aren't Mingei without you!

Mingei celebrates the beauty of everyday objects and art from around the world. A donation to our Spring Appeal helps support local artists and provides a welcoming space for all. Donate today and help our creative community continue to thrive! ⤵️

Support Mingei's creative community.

Dive into art, music, and culture at "Home, Harp, and Everything In-Between"Hear exhibiting artist Shirin Towfiq and har...
04/23/2024

Dive into art, music, and culture at "Home, Harp, and Everything In-Between"

Hear exhibiting artist Shirin Towfiq and harpist Eve Matin reflect on their Persian heritage and the complexities of immigration through their craft. Their conversation will be followed by a performance from Matin amongst Towfiq's art.

📆 Friday, April 26 | 6-7 pm
🎟️ $0-$15
Register ⤵️

Join us for a special evening of art and music in the Gallery with a talk and performance by artist Shirin Towfiq and harpist Eve Matin.

On the Commons Level Now 👀 The   “Pysanky: A Kaleidoscope of Ukrainian Heritage” features vibrant and intricately decora...
04/19/2024

On the Commons Level Now 👀

The “Pysanky: A Kaleidoscope of Ukrainian Heritage” features vibrant and intricately decorated objects known as pysanky – a timeless art form of highly decorative eggs deeply rooted in Ukrainian heritage. Pysanky comes from the Ukrainian word pysaty, meaning “to write.” The eggs, which contain designs embedded with deep cultural significance, are often gifted as wishes for good fortune and protection.

Visit our free Commons Level to learn more about pysanky!

🕰️ Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday: 10am - 5pm
🕰️ Friday: 10am - 8pm

🌍 Step into a world of intricate storytelling through folk art and craft at our latest exhibition, "Shirin Towfiq: Threa...
04/19/2024

🌍 Step into a world of intricate storytelling through folk art and craft at our latest exhibition, "Shirin Towfiq: Threaded Journeys".

In "Threaded Journeys," Towfiq beautifully intertwines the magic of Persian folklore with her personal narrative as a second-generation refugee, exploring themes of home, belonging, and the complexities of identity.

📆 Now - August 11, 2024

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? 📝In celebration, we're showcasing three poetry books from the Frances ...
04/12/2024

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? 📝

In celebration, we're showcasing three poetry books from the Frances Hamilton White Art Library collection that we love.❤️

"Aunt Sallie's Lament," written by Margaret Kaufman and designed by Claire Van Vliet, records a poem about a southern American quilter reminiscing about lost love through the medium of quilting. 💠

"A Haiku Journey: Bashō's Narrow Road to the Far North," written by Matsuo Bashō and translated by Dorothy Britton, pairs photos of nature with the poems of one of Japan's greatest poets. 🌱

"A Palace for Wednesday" by Alice Hudson and Darcy John Noble documents the inhabitants of the well-loved piece of the same name on display on Mingei's Gallery Level. Discover the stories of all of the palace's residents through fun and lively poetry, perfect for all ages. 🏰

You can celebrate this special month together with us by making a visit to the Library, where you find books like the ones featured above, or browse literature about everything from Mexican folk ceramics to a history of European glass beads. Take a look at our wide selection of books about poetry, craft, and the craft of poetry! 🌠

In related programming, be sure to also check out this month's Coffee and Conversations event in the Library on April 26, 10:30-11:30am with author, artist, and facilitator Ari Honarvar, which will explore her work with poetry, movement, joy, and imagination in activism. 💫

The Library is located at the Gallery Level, and access is included with admission!

🕰️ Library Hours:
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:30am-4pm
Thursday: 10:30am-4pm
Friday: 10:30am-5 pm
Saturday: 12-4pm

💍 Georgina Treviño Contemporary Jewelry in action 📸!Join Exhibiting Artist Georgina Treviño and Venue Curator Ariana Tor...
04/09/2024

💍 Georgina Treviño Contemporary Jewelry in action 📸!

Join Exhibiting Artist Georgina Treviño and Venue Curator Ariana Torres for a facilitated gallery talk at Mingei this Thursday, April 11, from 6-7pm. The gallery talk will explore the themes highlighted in exhibition "La Frontera." Hear from Treviño about the inspiration behind her work exhibited in the show, "10-4 Compa!," the evolution of her practice, and her numerous collaborations, including collaborative partnerships with some of the world's biggest musicians. Check out some of her work in the pictures below! 🎺

Georgina Treviño is a contemporary artist and jeweler from Tijuana, Mexico based in San Diego, CA. She has BA in Applied Design with an Emphasis in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from San Diego State University, and she has worked with celebrities like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Bad Bunny, Rosalia, 2Chainz, Bella Hadid, Lizzo, Doja Cat, and Kali Uchis.🌟

Be sure to catch this unique opportunity to hear from a local exhibiting artist about her exciting ongoing work! 🌠

April 11 | 6-7pm | Free for Members & $15 Non-Members

Image 1: Georgina Treviño in her San Diego studio.
Image 2: Various works in Treviño's studio.
Image 3: Georgina Treviño, "10-4 Compa !"(2023). Sterling silver, flip phone, phone cord, zirconia details. Collection of Georgina Treviño.

💫 Say hello to our new Quilt Research Fellow! 🪡🧵Olivia Joseph comes to Mingei from UCSD with a B.A. in Communications wi...
04/04/2024

💫 Say hello to our new Quilt Research Fellow! 🪡🧵

Olivia Joseph comes to Mingei from UCSD with a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. They recently finished a Collections Care internship at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and are excited to delve deeper in the world of quilts and textiles through the 14-month research fellow position. See her in action in these pictures above! 🙌

“I have always had an interest in history and the way objects can convey and relay stories and trends of the past – hence my constant museum visits,” they recall. “I am most excited to learn about how certain aspects of an individuals’ livelihood are captured in symbolism in the quilts. Certain designs and patterns can be reflective of movements and trends happening at specific points in history.”

While her research is only just getting started, Olivia is excited to be able to grow the knowledge we have about quilts in Mingei’s collection, as well as potentially contribute towards the diversification of quiltmakers within the selection. 🧶

“I believe many of the quilts in our collection are Euro-American,” they say. “I think including Afro-American and other diverse American makers could be an interesting way to look at the similarities and differences occurring across various quilts within particular moments of time.”

Stay tuned for updates on the great research that Olivia has been doing and will do over the course of their time at Mingei! ✨

This project is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

04/02/2024

🌟We're all about puppets for this month's Mini Mingei! 🪁

This month for Mini Mingei we are learning all about puppets. First, on April 5th, guest artist Christy Klincewicz will join us to perform a special puppet show based on her book, "Fleetfoot Fox Catches a Cold." We’ll follow the story of a fox who catches a cold and loses his sense of smell. He meets some friends along the way who help him find his way home. 🏠

This will be followed by a craft inspired by the book, and where you'll also have a chance to get your copy of the book signed by Christy. You can pre-register on our website linked here: https://mingei.org/events/family-friendly/mini-mingei-90

On April 19th, we’ll be making finger puppets and reading "My Friends" by Taro Gomi. 🌱

Mini Mingei is a toddler-centered program exploring folk art, craft, and design that happens on the 1st and 3rd week of every month. The program is perfect for parents, grandparents, and caregivers with children ages 2–5.

🗓️ April 5th and 19th | 10-11am | Free for children and $7 per adult

We can’t wait to see you there!

03/28/2024

✨Exhibition sneak peek 👀

🗓️This Saturday, March 30, two exciting exhibitions open at Mingei: "Shirin Towfiq: Threaded Journeys" and "Cups to Connections: Global Gestures of Hospitality."

"Shirin Towfiq" explores the artist's experience as a second-generation Iranian refugee through folk art, lore, and craft. Towfiq draws parallels between the Persian magic carpet and its ability to transport people with incredible speed and the travels of many migrants, which often feel abrupt and disjointed. She creates her own interpretations of the magic carpet, embedding them with personal references to home, belonging, and other themes. 🪡

"Cups to Connections" showcases an important collaboration with the House of Pacific Relations, highlighting a wide range of global traditions of hospitality and drink culture as ways to foster connections. Take a look at a traditional Cezve – a Turkish coffee pot – or marvel at the colorful glass tea cups used for Moroccan mint tea. 🍵

We are so excited to welcome you to "Shirin Towfiq: Threaded Journeys" and "Cups to Connections: Global Gestures of Hospitality" this Saturday. Both these exhibits are on view until August 11. ☀️

These two exhibitions are shown simultaneously with "La Frontera," continuing conversations around how communities share and build connections across cultures and borders. Mark your calendars and make sure to check out all three of these captivating exhibits in person during our regular hours. See you soon! 🌷

🕰️Saturday - Thursday: 10am-5pm, closed on Mondays
🕰️Friday: 10am-8pm

🐊 Hungry for creative art-making opportunities? Open wide! 😄 On March 29, 5:30-8pm, join papier-mâché artist Manuel Urue...
03/26/2024

🐊 Hungry for creative art-making opportunities? Open wide! 😄

On March 29, 5:30-8pm, join papier-mâché artist Manuel Urueta and photographer/filmmaker Celina Galicia of Xingaderas in a mask-making workshop that delves into the complex collisions of self and the layers of identity. Xingaderas is a featured artist in the exhibit "La Frontera," and they will lead participants in making inventive masks like the ones pictured here! 👀

During this hands-on workshop, you will craft your unique mask using sustainable materials, blending gods, colors, patterns, and animals. Discover the multifaceted nature of your own identities and how constructed borders tie into lived experiences. ⭐️

All ages are welcome, and light refreshments are included!
Reserve your spot today at https://mingei.org/events/workshop/collisions-of-self

🗓️ March 29 | 5:30-8pm | $45 Members & $60 Non-members

Image 1: Photo by Gibel Amador
Image 2: Photo by Jazmin Harvey
Image 3: Photo by Persia Campbell

Spin the night away with us at College Night on March 27, 5-8pm! 🎶Hypercolorz (Clara Boyle and Allison Manch) are a San ...
03/25/2024

Spin the night away with us at College Night on March 27, 5-8pm! 🎶

Hypercolorz (Clara Boyle and Allison Manch) are a San Diego-based DJ duo, and we're so excited to have them soundtracking our first ever College Night at Mingei! They are musical magpies and mercurial mix makers, and play off each other to build eclectic melodic tapestries. They have performed at Part-Time Lover, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Folk Arts Rare Records. The setlist will include artists from FKA Twigs to Frank Ocean to Herbie Hancock. 👀

At this event, dive into our new "La Frontera" exhibition and participate in drop-in art-making sessions with featured artists Xingaderas and Diana Benavidez. Additionally, don't miss the chance to enter our opportunity drawing for a Shop Mingei gift card! 🖍️

This event is open to all college students, and RSVPs are encouraged. Tell your friends and bring them ready to dance! 💃

🗓️ March 27 | 5-8pm | Free

03/20/2024

🎨 Create art—then wear it—at March Family Sunday! 🌱

Join us this month to collage on wooden jewelry findings. We’ll be joined by San Diego-based artist Catalina Bellizzi-Itiola, who is a visual artist and art educator known for her vibrant artworks. Her work features bright colors, movement, and layered compositions. 🖼️

Themes of mindfulness and mental health are central to her practice, and her paintings are often aimed at promoting relaxation and calmness through slow breathing. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to make wearable art by creating collages on wooden earrings or necklace pendants.🖍️

Registration is recommended and walk-ups are welcome if space is available. Sign up now at mingei.org.

March 24 | 10am-3pm | Free

03/20/2024

We’re so excited for Mingei’s first College Night on March 27, 5-8pm! We welcome all college students, regardless of major, to join us at the museum for this free event. 🥳

Our staff come from all different backgrounds, and they’ve studied everything from art to zoology… truly A to Z! 🦓🎨 There are truly so many paths that lead to museum work.

Join us on March 27 for a night of art-making, music, and making connections, exclusively for college students! Learn more about Mingei and come to just hang out. There’ll be refreshments, craft activities, and a chance to win a gift card to our Shop Mingei through an opportunity drawing!

Stop by on March 27! Whatever you’re studying, there’s something for you at College Night. ⭐️

New exhibition alert! 🔔🍵The exciting new exhibition "Cups to Connections: Global Gestures of Hospitality" opens March 30...
03/13/2024

New exhibition alert! 🔔🍵

The exciting new exhibition "Cups to Connections: Global Gestures of Hospitality" opens March 30, featuring stunning works from a huge variety of global drink cultures. ⭐️

"Cups to Connections" embraces the art of hospitality, and shows how the act of sharing a drink has the extraordinary power to bring people together, fostering a deep sense of community and belonging. The objects in "Cups to Connections" tell the stories of heritage and craft from across time and cultures, and also point to the universal language of inviting others to join for refreshing, energizing, or soothing beverages alike. ☕️

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, Inc., a consortium of houses located in Balboa Park representing 31 cultures – bringing various cultural groups together to foster and cultivate a spirit of understanding, tolerance, and goodwill. Visit the houses on Saturdays and Sundays to experience a meaningful cultural connection, with the opportunity to sample authentic food and beverages from every corner of the globe. 🌍

Mark your calendars for March 30 at Mingei. We can't wait to welcome you in to the exhibit! 🍶

Image 1: Csikos (Foal-hide) Flasks, 20th century, Hungary. Courtesy of the House of Hungary.
Image 2: Porcelain and bamboo tea set by 劉江 Jiang Liu and bamboo tea tools and tray, 21st century, Dazhou, Sichuan, China. Courtesy of Le-Rong Cheng, Ph.D. on behalf of the House of China.
Image 3: A selection of cups on loan from the House of Pacific Relations individual cottages. Courtesy of Le-Rong Cheng, Ph.D. on behalf of the House of China, House of Turkiye, House of Ukraine, House of Philippines, House of India, House of Germany, Collection of Kate and Abby Maloney on behalf of the House of Ireland, House of Puerto Rico, and Lisa Fabula on behalf of the House of USA.

📣 Last chance for "Over/Under" 🧺Catch a final look at the works in "Over/Under: Woven Craft at Mingei" before the show c...
03/07/2024

📣 Last chance for "Over/Under" 🧺

Catch a final look at the works in "Over/Under: Woven Craft at Mingei" before the show closes on Sunday, March 10! Works such as the tapestries pictured here are displayed alongside a wide variety of objects of use as well as contemporary craft. From fish traps to woven boots, see for yourself the wide net this exhibition casts through spending time with the diverse works on view. 🌠

Be sure to visit this unique exhibit before it goes off view this Sunday. Stop by during our regular hours to see "Over/Under" on the Gallery Level! 😁

🕰️Saturday - Thursday: 10am-5pm, closed on Mondays
🕰️Friday: 10am-8pm

Image 1: Tapestry - Village Scene. Egypt, 20th Century. Wool, cotton. Museum Purchase. 2000-62-015.

Image 2: Baskets. Japan, 20th Century. Bamboo. Gift of Ted Cohen. 2020-008-110,
2020-008-111 and Ikebana Basket. Japan. Bamboo roots. Gift of Lennox and Catherine Tierney. 1996-42-055

Image 3: Dan Friday, Small Matte Citron Sweetgrass Glass Basket with Turquoise Lip. Woven Cane Mosaic Glass. Museum Purchase. 2023-010-001.

💫For anything you can dream of ... There's a basket for that! 🧺See this display of sculptural fiber baskets along with t...
02/21/2024

💫For anything you can dream of ... There's a basket for that! 🧺

See this display of sculptural fiber baskets along with the other stunning works pictured here in "Over/Under: Woven Craft at Mingei." The exhibit features woven works using a diverse range of methods, materials, and shapes. The objects included in the show, from everyday items to contemporary craft, are useful just as they are beautiful - Mingei in a nutshell. 🌰

The words "over" and "under" call our attention to something spatial, inviting us to imagine a maker’s hands systematically working, weaving, transforming filaments of thread or grass, bark or wire, into something whole - a basket, a rug, a fish trap, a fan. 🪭

We invite you to join us in making and imagining the possibilities of woven craft in the exhibit "Over/Under," on view now until March 10. Be sure to stop by and participate in our Gallery-level weaving activities before the show closes! ✨

Image 1: Lidded Basket. 20th Century, Philippines. Fiber. Gift of Florence Temko, Lidded Basket, Oval. 20th Century. Fiber. Gift of Horton and Chiyo Telford, Unknown Artist, Lidded Basket (Agaseki). 20th Century, Rwanda. Plant Fiber, dye. Gift of Horton and Chiyo Telford.
Image 2: Eve Gulick. "Broken Moon, Double Weave." 20th Century, U.S.A. Linen. Gift of Sidney L. Gulick, III.
Image 3: Shigras. 20th Century, Ecuador. Fiber. Gift of Hope and Roy Turney.
Image 4: Yomar Augusto Mural for Mingei International Museum, 2023.

📣 All this jewelry and more!🌟On your next visit to Mingei, check out our exhibition "La Frontera" and see the diversity ...
02/12/2024

📣 All this jewelry and more!🌟

On your next visit to Mingei, check out our exhibition "La Frontera" and see the diversity of jewelry and bodily adornment that this show has to offer. The pieces explore the complexity of the U.S.-Mexico Border through the various eye-catching mediums, including cloth, clay, soil, and plastic— some of which you can see in these photos! 👀

The interplay between the external appearance and internal significance of bodily adornment allows us to consider the surface of the body as a border, making it uniquely intimate. In this exhibition jewelry becomes a personal platform to explore themes such as home, migration, landscape, and identity. 🔆

Want to see these pieces in person? Stop by during our regular hours to visit "La Frontera" and our other current exhibition "Over/Under."

🕰️Saturday - Wednesday: 10am-5pm, closed on Mondays
🕰️ Thursday & Friday: 10am-8pm

Image 1: José Villalobos, "Vato Chuco (2) (from the series 'Los de El Chuco y
Juaritos')" and "Cuernudo (3) (from the series 'Los de El Chuco y Juaritos')", 2023, Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.

Image 2: Thea Clark, "All Work and No Play", 2023, Leather gloves, found plastic toy and fruit, repurposed clothing, silver, thread. Courtesy of the artist.

Image 3: William Austin, "CLOTHES ON A FENCE: Shirt", 2013, Cotton fabric,
buttons. Courtesy of the artist.

👀Do you see your next jewelry box treasure?💫These beautiful pieces were made by Sandra Salaices, a jewelry artist living...
02/06/2024

👀Do you see your next jewelry box treasure?💫

These beautiful pieces were made by Sandra Salaices, a jewelry artist living and working out of Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico. Her work "To others, to yourself" (2023) is currently on view in our new exhibit "La Frontera." She recieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Ceramics from The University of Texas at El Paso, and continues to be inspired by natural forms in Chihuahuan desert landscape. Excitingly, her work is also on display on the Commons Level at Shop Mingei, where you can actually take home a piece of Sandra's distinctive work. 🏡

Part of Sandra's 'HOLLOW" collection, these pieces are inspired by the minimal lichen in the desert. The collection's bold yet lightweight geometric shapes can be a stunning statement, or a subtle dazzle for everyday wear. Each piece is truly unique, with a different enamel pattern in each iteration. 🌠

Check out these wearable pieces of art at Shop Mingei today! While you're here, be sure to see Sandra's work on display in "La Frontera" on the Gallery Level. 🖼️

Who doesn't love a double feature? 😉On February 9, two exciting sessions will explore the exhibition "Over/Under," which...
02/01/2024

Who doesn't love a double feature? 😉

On February 9, two exciting sessions will explore the exhibition "Over/Under," which delves into the expansive world of woven craft at Mingei.

First, make a stop at an Art Break talk with "Over/Under's" exhibition curator, Emily Hanna. Attendees will participate in a facilitated gallery tour that illuminates the stories behind the artists and delves into the creative processes highlighted in "Over/Under." This event will take place within the exhibition. ✨

Then, head down to the Commons Level after Emily's Art Break for a Craft Unraveled session with the San Diego Creative Weavers Guild, where members will showcase a variety of weaving techniques on different types of looms.🧺

This session invites you to observe the magic of making and ask questions about materials, creative processes, and the meaning of craft. It's sure to delight any "Over/Under" or Mingei fan! 😆

Check out our website for more information on upcoming events like these, or to find more information on these two sessions.

Art Break:
🗓️ February 9 | 10:30am-11:30am | Free for members, $15 non-members
Remember to register online beforehand!

Craft Unraveled:
🗓️ February 9 | 11am-1pm | Free

🎉 First Look: Upcoming Exhibition 🎉Lots of exciting things are happening at Mingei! Our new exhibition "La Frontera" is ...
01/30/2024

🎉 First Look: Upcoming Exhibition 🎉

Lots of exciting things are happening at Mingei! Our new exhibition "La Frontera" is now open to the public, alongside "Over/Under: Woven Craft at Mingei." And we are very excited to offer another sneak peek into an upcoming exhibition—albeit a little farther down the line! 😆

"Blue Gold: The Art and Science of Indigo" opens September 14 as part of the Getty Foundation's 2024 Pacific Standard Time initiative, and will feature the stunning objects pictured here alongside many more. The various works in the show all speak to the complex nature of creating art with indigo, a plant family which produces an iconic deep blue dye. Looking at the creative expression of the works, coupled with scientific study and explanation, Mingei’s exhibition will present indigo as a compelling manifestation of art and science. 🎨🔬

Keep your eye out for more information about this upcoming show! 👀
We can't wait to share it with you.

Image 1: Wrapping Cloth (Furoshiki), late 19th century (Meiji period). Okinawa, Japan. H**p, 35 x 40 in. 2014-11-063

Image 2: Man's Coat, early 20th century. India, Rajasthan. Quilted cotton, indigo, madder. Collection of Mingei International Museum, gift of Barb Rich. 2020-09-001

Image 3: Laura Kina and Shelly Jyoti, Epoch 2020: Breathe. 2021. Ajrakh printing, dyeing, and needlework on khadi fabric, indigo natural dye, and acrylic paint. Photo credit: YoungSun Choi.

🌿 Discover the hidden gem of Mingei International Museum! 🏛️ Step into the Founder's Gallery, a tribute to woodworker Ge...
01/24/2024

🌿 Discover the hidden gem of Mingei International Museum!

🏛️ Step into the Founder's Gallery, a tribute to woodworker George Nakashima, where art and craftsmanship intertwine. ✨

Tucked away in the heart of the museum, the Founder's Gallery boasts a centerpiece like no other: the iconic Nakashima table. It's a masterpiece that embodies the union of art and nature, and it's surrounded by newly commissioned works by the eco-conscious artist Christina Kim, founder of design house Dosa. 🌍

But that's not all! Two Sori Yanagi lamps cast their gentle glow, adding to the serene ambiance of the space. ✨

One of the most captivating features in this gallery is the sinuously sculpted door handle, a creation by artist Sharon Stampfer. It's called "In Two Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty-Two Miles Hand in Hand," and it's much more than just a handle. 🚪

This handle is an invitation, an invitation to form a bond, to connect. It maps the distance between Nakashima Studio in Pennsylvania and the Mingei International Museum in San Diego. It's a nod to the iconic Nakashima table in the room, symbolizing the beauty of slowing down and deeply experiencing the journey as the miles unfold. 🌳

It's a tribute to the craftsperson's deliberate and thoughtful process, reminding us all of the value of taking things slow. 🌟

Come visit the Founder's Gallery and immerse yourself in the world of art, craftsmanship, and the journey of creation. 🎨

💫 Fish traps, murals, chairs, galore! Come see all these works and more at "Over/Under: Woven Craft at Mingei," open now...
01/20/2024

💫 Fish traps, murals, chairs, galore!

Come see all these works and more at "Over/Under: Woven Craft at Mingei," open now on the Gallery Level until March 10.

Woven crafts have been, and continue to be, a huge part of our daily lives. In some cultures, the skill of weaving is tied to a mythical teacher, such as a spider weaving its web. Woven objects continue to be made around the world as objects of use, and also as beautiful and captivating works of art. "Over/Under" showcases objects through time and space that exemplify the beauty and functionality of the art of weaving.

Over 75 works from around the globe are shown alongside weaving activities throughout the gallery, making the exhibit an interactive and engaging experience for visitors of all ages! 🧺

Stop by today, or during our regular hours:
🕰️Saturday - Wednesday: 10am-5pm, closed on Mondays
🕰️ Thursday & Friday: 10am-8pm

Image 1: Fish Trap, Early 20th Century, Philippines. Bamboo, wood, rattan. Museum Purchase, 2001-117-012.

Image 2: Yomar Augusto, Painted mural for "Over/Under" exhibit, 2023.

Image 3: Thonet Rocking Chair, 20th Century, Germany. Bentwood with cane seat. Gift of Marcia Lewis and Larry Hunter, in honor of Dave Hampton for his devotion to our art form and his promotion thereof, 2012-39-001.

Image 4: Rectangular Basket with Fabric Cover, Gift of Esther and Morgan Sinclaire, Japan, Bamboo, cotton, 2009-05-147.

Basket-making at Mingei? You better be-weave it! 🧺Join Education Specialist India Thompson in learning to make beautiful...
01/18/2024

Basket-making at Mingei? You better be-weave it! 🧺

Join Education Specialist India Thompson in learning to make beautiful baskets like the ones pictured here. Inspired by the exhibition "Over/Under," you'll learn the art of selecting and preparing materials, creating a traditional pattern, and shaping your materials into functional and beautiful baskets to take home.

🗓️January 25 | 5:30-7:30pm

All skill levels are welcome. While the workshop is currently full, you can join the waitlist through our website! This experience costs $45 for members and $60 for non-members, and all materials are provided.

💍 "Jewelry acts as a portal ... When jewelry is physically resting on the body, it becomes the point between interior an...
01/17/2024

💍 "Jewelry acts as a portal ... When jewelry is physically resting on the body, it becomes the point between interior and exterior, here and there, hidden and revealed." -Kerianne Quick

Kerianne Quick is an accomplished local jewelry designer and Associate Professor of Jewelry and Metalwork at San Diego State University. She is also an artist featured in the upcoming exhibit "La Frontera," opening at Mingei on January 27. In the latest issue of Communiqué, our periodic publication with behind-the-scenes looks into Mingei's exhibitions and programming, we interviewed Kerianne about her involvement in "La Frontera" and making jewelry in the San Diego/Tijuana region. She discusses how jewelry operates on geographic borders as well as literally through the borders of the body—portals, hidden and revealed!

The rest of this fascinating Q&A is live in the Winter 2024 Communiqué issue! Visit our website to read more about her work, and to read the latest Communiqué issue.

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