There’s no better day than today for a #MuseumMomentofZen.
Wrapping (Furoshiki) - Dove and Ocean Waves Against Rocks. Japan. Silk.
Mingei International Museum celebrates art of the people (mingei) from all cultures of the world and across human history.
There’s no better day than today for a #MuseumMomentofZen.
Wrapping (Furoshiki) - Dove and Ocean Waves Against Rocks. Japan. Silk.
During a time of severe drought the community of San Nicolas in Hidalgo, Mexico turned to embroidery. In the 1960s, the Otomi, known as the Ñuhu or Hñähñu, developed this new commercial #embroidery style known as tenango to generate revenue in response to the drought that had caused an economic crisis. This intricate textile reflects long-established Otomi needlework traditions and the ingenuity of its artist.
To learn more about this textile visit mingei.org/collections/artful-animals.
Since we had a little audio trouble during our Family Sunday video this past weekend, piñata artist Diana Benavidez was kind enough to show us how to create a sugar skull piñata again. Thank you, Diana!
Find a supplies list and more details at https://mingei.org/learn/for-families.
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Learn to create a sugar skull piñata with Diana Benavidez!
We are honored to announce that we are a recipient of a two-year Institute of Museum and Library Services CARES Act Grant which will support our distance learning programs, as well as a new program with ElderHelp of San Diego and Jewish Family Service of San Diego. These programs will provide hands-on artmaking opportunities through a combination of tangible materials and digital platforms.
Click the link below to learn more!
Mingei International Museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding of art of the people (mingei) from all eras and cultures of the world.
Honor #IndigenousPeoplesDay by learning about the indigenous people in our region at Barona Cultural Center & Museum—San Diego County’s first museum on a Native American reservation dedicated to the perpetuation and presentation of the Kumeyaay-Diegueño culture.
Click the link below for hours and safety protocols.
Barona Cultural Center & Museum is San Diego County’s first museum on an Indian reservation dedicated to the perpetuation and presentation of the local Kumeyaay-Diegueño Native American culture.
This coat is featured in our pop-up exhibition, Around the World with Mingei International Museum at the Coronado Public Library.
These special embroidered coats are called chyrpys and were made by and for Turkmen women of the Tekke group. The vestigial sleeves were purely decorative, as these “coats” were often worn as head coverings and attached to a headdress.
Woman’s Coat (chyrpy)
Northern Turkmenistan, Tekke Turkmen
Mingei International Museum, Gift of Barb Rich
Create a bat mobile and join a drawing tutorial led by Boygirlparty.com Susie Ghahremani for September's Family Sunday from Home!
San Diego Design Week kicks off tomorrow and Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Christine Knoke Hietbrink, provides a sneak-peek into what you can expect from this five-day celebration of design and creativity.
Mingei International Museum took the lead in organizing the first-ever #SDDesignWeek (SDDW) as an expression of its mission to celebrate human creativity from all cultures and eras. Mingei is the presenting cultural institution for SDDW and is thrilled to collaborate with the diverse design community in our region to bring Design Week to life.
🎉 Celebrate our region's creative community at the first-ever San Diego Design Week September 9-13! #SDDesignWeek offers over 100 programs including studio talks, portfolio reviews, cooking demos, cross-border projects, self-guided tours and more.
Click the link below or head over to San Diego Design Week to learn more about presenters and programming.
Celebrating human creativity through folk art, craft and design.
San Diego Design Week is a five-day celebration of design in all forms September 9-13, 2020. This event is presented by Mingei International Museum with Founding Sponsor Intuit.
Learn more at sddesignweek.org.
Create a finger puppet inspired by the Museum’s collection of maneki neko using felt, glue and a simple stitch.
"𝘔𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘪 involves approaching the world with a heightened awareness of the objects that fill everyday lives." - TheEconomist
Read more about the history and philosophy of 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘪. ⬇️
The Japanese aesthetic of mingei is a consolation during lockdown
#OTD in 1895 artist William L. Hawkins (1895–1990) was born.
Hawkins was a Black self-taught artist that used collage and creative painting techniques to produce bold work. His collage work provides valuable insight into his overall practice of gathering and transforming the images that defined his world, and was often tied to pop culture and complicated themes such as patriotism or fall of humankind.
Learn more at mingei.org/exhibitions/william-l-hawkins.
Paint your own ema, a wooden wishing plaque, to hang in a special spot in your home. Emas are found in shrines and temples throughout Japan and usually depict horses or other animals representing a challenge the wisher wants to overcome.
"This is ground-breaking because the story of the humble bamboo whisk, is hardly ever told in other museums." - entoten
Read more about the Takayama chasen (tea whisks) recently added to our permanent collection. ⬇️
A Group of Takayama Chasen is added to the collection of San Diego’s Mingei International Museum July 12, 2020Mingei Tea Tanimura Tango Takayama chasen by Tanimura Tango in our shop -> Entoten is delighted to announce that the Mingei International Museum in San Diego has recently acquired a group ...
We are so grateful to be recipients of Center for Craft’s Craft Futures Fund!
When schools closed due to COVID-19 our Education team quickly pivoted to developing free craft kits and bilingual video lessons and instructions for students at the three Title I schools we typically visit in-person. After talking to teachers and learning that these neighborhoods have been hit especially hard, we are thankful that this funding will allow us to continue providing art-making instruction and essential classroom supplies to our community.
May 2020 While schools are closed due to Covid-19 Mingei is pivoting to mailing free craft kits and essential classroom supplies directly to three Title 1 schools in underserved neighborhoods. This program serves 300 students in schools that Mingei already had long term existing partnerships with. M...
Create a stamped wall hanging using leaves, flowers, paint and fabric inspired by block printed textiles in our Collection. Block printing has been used in India since at least the 12th century and is still being practiced by artisans throughout the country today. Block printing is used to stamp the lengths of cotton fabric using hand-carved woodblocks and paint.
This September Mingei International Museum is partnering with Intuit and others to bring Design Week to San Diego!
San Diego Design Week is extending an invitation to any creative from any design discipline to submit a proposal, hoping that voices and stories from every neighborhood in our region can be heard. Contribute to the conversation and experience the creativity that defines our community. San Diego Design Week will take place virtually on September 9-13, 2020.
San Diego Design Week is presented by Mingei International Museum with big thanks to our Founding Sponsor Intuit and Design Partners BASIC and Raygun.
SDDW is an opportunity for connection, interdisciplinary collaboration, and exchange of ideas to show the potential for designers to bring bold and innovative perspectives to current issues.
Like many, we are upset—angered by the racism, injustice, and violence against the Black community. #BlackLivesMatter
Like many, we want change. We stand in solidarity with our community in demanding justice and equity for people of color.
As a public art and culture institution—one dedicated to the art of the people—Mingei International Museum believes no one should be excluded. No one should be left behind. We truly must all be in this together. #MuseumsAreNotNeutral
Our role in change may be small, but wholehearted. Mingei International Museum will continue to be a place that welcomes everyone seeking respite, offering inspiration from objects of beauty and a window into the creative expression of peoples and cultures around the world.
Here are a few accounts from our community that we are looking to for reflection and resources during this time:
Black Lives Matter
March For Black Womxn SD
"Mindful time spent really looking at a piece of art, along with a few guided questions, can help us refocus, regardless of our experience." via The San Diego Union-Tribune
Read more helpful tips for engaging with art virtually. ⬇️
Even stuck at home, you can strengthen critical skills by taking your time and asking questions
Mold and paint your own clay animal inspired by Mexican folk art from our collection! Mingei Manager of Education, Shannon Foley, will show you techniques and tips for sculpting and designing your clay animal.
#WhatIsItWednesday 🤔 Any idea what this basket was used for?
Or do we hear crickets? 🦗 (Hint, Hint)
Check back tomorrow to find out!
👏 We are fortunate to also have an extraordinary woman architect, Jennifer Luce principal and founder of LUCE et Studio, working on our renovation.
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have become only the fourth and fifth women to claim architecture's equivalent to the Nobel Prize in its 41-year history.
Hey #AnimalCrossing fans, does your character need a wardrobe update? Well, you’re in luck because our Graphic Designer recently created jackets and dresses inspired by clothing in the Museum’s permanent collection.
Mingei International Museum Adds Collection-Inspired Clothing to Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Our #WomanCrushWednesday goes out to artist and educator, Arline Fisch because she believes her work should contribute to the joy, beauty & delight of the person who wears it. ✨
Arline's work is included in our Collection and other public collections, including Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Arts and Design in New York and Renwick Gallery. In 1961, Fisch established the jewelry program at San Diego State University and headed the program until her retirement in 2000. Today, Arline Fisch continues to create work and discuss her artistic practice. She is also a generous supporter of our Mission through her time and financial contributions.
Thank you, Arline, for all you do to inspire us and the creative community!
Need a midday craft break?
Learn how to create the heart-shaped tin milagro pins we made during Family Sunday From Home this past weekend! Milagro is Spanish for miracle and these pins were inspired by the Latin American milagros in our Collection.
More details: https://bit.ly/makemilagros
Go ahead and use today as an excuse to spend a few minutes (or hours) exploring our online collection for inspirational forms of art from around the world. 🔍 mingei.org/art
(Left) Shadow Puppet - Figure Riding a Lion. Xian, Shaanxi, China. Painted leather.
(Right) Cotton Door Hanging (Toran). 20th Century. Saurashtra, India. Cotton, silk, mica.
Thanks for the tag, Timken Museum of Art! “M” is a tricky letter for #MuseumScattergories but we think we found some marvelous objects from our collection! 😉
Hey California Center for the Arts, Escondido, want to play along with the letter "C"?
✔️ Name: #MargaretMaggio, Bead, 1995, U.S.A., Polymer clay.
✔️ Object: #MaskManwithMustache, 20th Century, Mexico, Wood.
✔️ Flower: #Mum (Chrysanthemum) Motif, 20th Century, Japan, Paper, ink.
✔️ City: Miguel Linares Alebrije - Fantasy Figure, 1978, #MexicoCity, Mexico, Lacquered and painted paper mache.
Here at Mingei, we believe everyone is creative. Which is why in the upcoming weeks we’ll be sharing what community members are creating from their homes. First up, Mingei Development Assistant, Christine Tilton
In four years, Christine has filled 29 visual journals with over 1,575 entries. “Journaling helps me slow down and parse out what I want to capture in the pages. I love the outdoors and so many of my drawings are encounters I’ve had with plants and animals.”
Show us how you #MingeiAtHome by sharing your visual journals in the comments below.
"Creation is an act of care, one that can lift our spirits and calm our thoughts." - Rob Sidner, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer & Jessica Hanson York, Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer via The San Diego Union-Tribune
Connect with creativity, beauty and inspiration in whatever way you can. Make something, for yourself or with your family.
A little while ago, before we found ourselves in this current unsteady moment, we sat down and interviewed fiber artist and museum educator, Mayra Camacho. She talked about her family and how their distinct personalities, heritage and wisdom inspire her craft. Looking back now, her story couldn’t be more appropriate at this moment when we’re all looking to each other—family, friends, neighbors—for inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Mayra.
Read her story at mingei.org/stories/textiles/crafting-a-family-tradition.
Hace poco tiempo, antes de encontrarnos en este momento inestable, nos sentamos y entrevistamos a la artista de fibra y educadora del museo, Mayra Camacho. Ella habló sobre su familia y cómo sus distintas personalidades, herencia y sabiduría inspiraron su oficio. Ahora, mirando hacia atrás, su historia no podría ser más apropiada en este momento cuando todos nos miramos el uno al otro (familia, amigos, vecinos) en busca de inspiración. Gracias por compartir tu historia con nosotros, Mayra.
During this unprecedented time, we want you to know that we are thinking about each and every one of you. The well-being of our staff, visitors and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us and in an effort to protect our community we've decided to postpone our upcoming exhibition, workshops and events, and also close Shop Mingei until further notice.
While we will miss seeing you, we hope to connect with you digitally. ⬇️
📖 Read or re-read some of our studio visits at mingei.org/stories.
🔍Search our online collection for inspiration at mingei.org/art.
💌 Leave us a comment or tag us in your posts—we’d love to see what you're making, reading and doing to stay creative from home.
Signature Quilt - Pieced - Page Family. 20th Century. U.S.A. Cotton. Gift of Pat L. Nickols; Digitization made possible through the Quilter's Guild of Dallas, Quilt Accessibility Project. Photo by Tim Siegert.
"Given the building’s placement between two park grounds—the Alcazar Garden on the west, and the Plaza de Panama to the east—LUCE et Studio decided to treat the ground floor as a columnless, free-of-charge public exhibition hall that doubles as a breezeway between the two public spaces."—The Architect's Newspaper
After 42 years, the Mingei International Museum in San Diego is getting a major overhaul courtesy of LUCE et studio, slated to open next May.
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Mingei International Museum aims to inspire people to celebrate human creativity, as well as recognize, embrace and cultivate their own creativity, in ways big or small through an inviting, fresh, sometimes surprising and always engaging look at a diverse range of thoughtfully designed, carefully crafted and passionately made objects from around the world, often created by unknown artists and craftspeople for everyday use.