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📣 We're hiring! The Museum is looking for security guards to ensure Museum guests, staff and volunteers experience a saf...
04/29/2021
Work at Mingei International Museum as a Security Guard

📣 We're hiring! The Museum is looking for security guards to ensure Museum guests, staff and volunteers experience a safe and welcoming environment while they visit the new Museum.

Click the link below for a detailed job description and application.

Join our team as a Security Guard

Anyone know what this #WhatIsItWednesday object is? P.S. Adorable whale figure isn’t a wrong answer, it’s just not the r...
04/28/2021

Anyone know what this #WhatIsItWednesday object is?

P.S. Adorable whale figure isn’t a wrong answer, it’s just not the right one for this question. 😊

It's a bell! 🔔

Bell - Whale (Kochi), Japan, Clay, 1999-43-050.

Anyone know what this #WhatIsItWednesday object is?

P.S. Adorable whale figure isn’t a wrong answer, it’s just not the right one for this question. 😊

It's a bell! 🔔

Bell - Whale (Kochi), Japan, Clay, 1999-43-050.

04/28/2021
San Diego Design Week 2021

📣 Calling all designers and creatives! San Diego Design Week is now accepting submissions for its 2021 event, September 8-12.

Application and guidelines → sddesignweek.org/submit

Presented by Mingei International Museum, #sddesignweek is a celebration of design featuring programs by the binational design community of San Diego-Tijuana. Learn more at sddesignweek.org.

Today we're celebrating Adeeb Makki, a contemporary #artist from Baghdad, now living in San Diego, whose paintings are d...
04/26/2021

Today we're celebrating Adeeb Makki, a contemporary #artist from Baghdad, now living in San Diego, whose paintings are dedicated to the strength of Iraqi women. #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth

🖼️ See more of Adeeb Makki’s work on his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adeebmakki

Today we're celebrating Adeeb Makki, a contemporary #artist from Baghdad, now living in San Diego, whose paintings are dedicated to the strength of Iraqi women. #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth

🖼️ See more of Adeeb Makki’s work on his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adeebmakki

👀 End your week with a little sneak peek of the Museum's new Commons level staircase. #MeetYourNewMingei 📅 September 3, ...
04/23/2021

👀 End your week with a little sneak peek of the Museum's new Commons level staircase. #MeetYourNewMingei

📅 September 3, 2021 | Reopening

04/18/2021
April Family Sunday from Home

This month’s Family Sunday from Home we’ve developed a project, called Nature Self-Portraits that uses materials found outside! For this art-making activity, you’ll create a self-portrait with leaves, flowers, branches and any other natural materials you found while on a walk or at the #park.

And, to honor #EarthMonth and reduce our waste we won’t be sending out physical kits this month. Join us on Sunday, April 18th at 12:30pm for our Facebook Live.

🎉 A reopening date has been set! September 3, 2021 Mingei will reopen to the public kicking off a month of celebratory a...
04/16/2021

🎉 A reopening date has been set!

September 3, 2021 Mingei will reopen to the public kicking off a month of celebratory activities and programs including the second annual San Diego Design Week, the return of the free, hands-on art program Family Sunday to the Museum space, free performances, artist talks and the launch of a new walk-up cafe. Entry into the Museum Labor Day weekend September 3-6, will be free for all as a gift to San Diego.

Learn more about the new space at mingei.org/transformation.

🎉 A reopening date has been set!

September 3, 2021 Mingei will reopen to the public kicking off a month of celebratory activities and programs including the second annual San Diego Design Week, the return of the free, hands-on art program Family Sunday to the Museum space, free performances, artist talks and the launch of a new walk-up cafe. Entry into the Museum Labor Day weekend September 3-6, will be free for all as a gift to San Diego.

Learn more about the new space at mingei.org/transformation.

For the spring edition of Mingei's member journal, Communiqué, guest illustrator Kiana Henderson designed a beautiful il...
04/15/2021

For the spring edition of Mingei's member journal, Communiqué, guest illustrator Kiana Henderson designed a beautiful illustration for our Family Sunday events. Kiana is a Black, self-taught illustrator with a degree in graphic design from San Diego State University and all-around brilliant creative.

Read more about Kiana and her work at mingei.org/stories/graphic-design/kiana-henderson

For the spring edition of Mingei's member journal, Communiqué, guest illustrator Kiana Henderson designed a beautiful illustration for our Family Sunday events. Kiana is a Black, self-taught illustrator with a degree in graphic design from San Diego State University and all-around brilliant creative.

Read more about Kiana and her work at mingei.org/stories/graphic-design/kiana-henderson

Architectural and sculptural #blacksmith, David Browne, has been forging unforgettable objects of beauty and function fo...
04/12/2021
Sealing Time with Steel

Architectural and sculptural #blacksmith, David Browne, has been forging unforgettable objects of beauty and function for over twenty years. Most recently, Browne created a time capsule for the #Museum to commemorate its transformative construction project.

🔥 Read his Q&A below to learn how he made this timeless time capsule and taught himself the craft of blacksmithing.

For over twenty years San Diego-based architectural and sculptural blacksmith David Browne has been melting metal into unforgettable objects of beauty and function. Most recently, Browne forged a time capsule for the Museum to commemorate its transformative construction project. Read his recent inte...

04/09/2021
Family Sunday from Home: Nature Self-Portrait

This month’s Family Sunday from Home we’ve developed a project, called Nature Self-Portraits that uses materials found outside! For this art-making activity, you’ll create a self-portrait with leaves, flowers, branches and any other natural materials you found while on a walk or at the #park.

And, to honor #EarthMonth and reduce our waste we won’t be sending out physical kits this month. Just RSVP using the link below and receive email instructions, a special tutorial video and more information on our Facebook Live event.

RSVP: https://mingei.org/events/family-friendly/february-2021-family-sunday-from-home

To honor and celebrate Arab American Heritage Month, we’ll be sharing creative works from the Arab American community an...
04/06/2021

To honor and celebrate Arab American Heritage Month, we’ll be sharing creative works from the Arab American community and the Museum’s permanent collection all month long. Today, Doris Bittar, interdisciplinary artist and San Diego Chapter President of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - ADC San Diego, shares her insight on this Palestinian dress (thob) from our permanent collection.

“Tatreez or cross-stitch embroidery is uniquely Palestinian. Each pattern refers to a different town or village, and has meaning regarding history, the harvest and other agrarian traditions of home, dance and fields.” —Doris Bittar

With the #Museum renovation nearing completion, now is the time to get involved in our #transformation! Find a place to ...
04/03/2021

With the #Museum renovation nearing completion, now is the time to get involved in our #transformation! Find a place to leave your mark and receive special recognition for your support. Learn how your name, or the name of a loved one, can be featured on a theater chair or near the Nikigator's new nest.

Details → mingei.org/find-your-place

"It was a space in which beautiful, functional objects, endangered by creeping industrialization and a throw-away societ...
03/30/2021

"It was a space in which beautiful, functional objects, endangered by creeping industrialization and a throw-away society, could survive. It soon became clear to me that my calling was to do all I could to support this place." —Martha Ehringer, Museum historian

Ever since she first stepped foot into the Museum almost 40 years ago, Martha Ehringer has been a Mingei enthusiast. In a recent Q&A, she reflects on some of the Museum’s milestones and her hopes for the transformed Mingei → mingei.org/stories/transformation/martha-ehringer

In the transformed Mingei the new Theater will be a place for performances, lectures, concerts, films and more. Rounding...
03/24/2021

In the transformed Mingei the new Theater will be a place for performances, lectures, concerts, films and more. Rounding out this beautiful space will be Arne Jacobsen chairs, classic examples of Danish design.

Learn how a contribution to our Transformation can feature your name or the name of a loved one on the back of these iconic chairs → bit.ly/theater-chair

In the transformed Mingei the new Theater will be a place for performances, lectures, concerts, films and more. Rounding out this beautiful space will be Arne Jacobsen chairs, classic examples of Danish design.

Learn how a contribution to our Transformation can feature your name or the name of a loved one on the back of these iconic chairs → bit.ly/theater-chair

“Mingei International Museum is thrilled to be given a major $1.5 million grant by The Conrad Prebys Foundation in its i...
03/24/2021
The Conrad Prebys Foundation Inaugural Grant Cycle Awards $78M in Grant Funding to 121 Projects

“Mingei International Museum is thrilled to be given a major $1.5 million grant by The Conrad Prebys Foundation in its inaugural funding cycle. This challenge match is a great help as we work to fund in full the comprehensive renovation of the museum, which is quickly moving toward completion.” —Rob Sidner Mingei Executive Director & CEO

🎉 Thank you The Conrad Prebys Foundation for this generous grant. At the transformed Museum, the Conrad Prebys Terrace will be a beautiful, outdoor gathering space with views of the Plaza de Panama and Palm Canyon - a place to relax and take in some fresh air.

Honoring our namesake’s passion and legacy for philanthropic giving, The Conrad Prebys Foundation is awarding nearly $78 million in grants to 121 grant projects during its inaugural grant cycle. Grant recipients include prominent San Diego institutions such as Rady Children’s Hospital, Sharp Hea...

03/21/2021
March Family Sunday from Home

Celebrate Womxn's History Month with us and Soultry Sisters, a collective created by sisters, Alyssa and Toni, to empower women to live creative and healthy lives.
🧶 Learn how to make a Sankofa-inspired bird using cardboard, colorful yarn, colored paper and sticks.

The Nikigator needs your help! The beloved Niki de Saint Phalle mosaic reptile will soon return to her nest in front of ...
03/19/2021

The Nikigator needs your help! The beloved Niki de Saint Phalle mosaic reptile will soon return to her nest in front of the Museum and needs your support to be transported via flatbed truck and lifted by crane onto a new, soft pad.

Learn how your donation can help → http://bit.ly/nikigator

The Nikigator needs your help! The beloved Niki de Saint Phalle mosaic reptile will soon return to her nest in front of the Museum and needs your support to be transported via flatbed truck and lifted by crane onto a new, soft pad.

Learn how your donation can help → http://bit.ly/nikigator

Mingei stands in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, here in our region and acro...
03/18/2021

Mingei stands in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, here in our region and across the country. We condemn racism and racial violence in all forms. #StopAsianHate #ProtectAsianLives #StopAAPIHate

For ways to support the AAPI community visit:
Stop AAPI Hate, Pacific Arts Movement, and AAPI Women Lead.

Celebrate Womxn's History Month with us and Soultry Sisters, a collective created by sisters, Alyssa and Toni, to empowe...
03/17/2021

Celebrate Womxn's History Month with us and Soultry Sisters, a collective created by sisters, Alyssa and Toni, to empower women to live creative and healthy lives.

🧶 Learn how to make a Sankofa-inspired bird using cardboard, colorful yarn, colored paper and sticks.

📅 March 21 at 12:30 on Facebook Live.

Celebrate Womxn's History Month with us and Soultry Sisters, a collective created by sisters, Alyssa and Toni, to empower women to live creative and healthy lives.

🧶 Learn how to make a Sankofa-inspired bird using cardboard, colorful yarn, colored paper and sticks.

📅 March 21 at 12:30 on Facebook Live.

"A marriage of art and access is manifested through architecture and design details that either demand attention or clev...
03/10/2021
The $55M transformation of Balboa Park’s Mingei Museum is nearing completion

"A marriage of art and access is manifested through architecture and design details that either demand attention or cleverly blend into the 1915 Spanish Colonial-style building, as masterminded by Luce." —Jennifer Van Grove, The San Diego Union-Tribune

#MeetYourNewMingei ⬇️

Opening this summer, the new Mingei represents a marriage of art, architecture and public access manifested in both subtle and arresting additions

“Instead of asking, 'What must we cut?' let’s think about what we want to preserve and grow.” In a recent op-ed, three l...
03/04/2021
Create a Budget Around Our Aspirations, Not Our Limits - Voice of San Diego

“Instead of asking, 'What must we cut?' let’s think about what we want to preserve and grow.”

In a recent op-ed, three local nonprofit leaders urge the mayor and City Council to take a constructive rather than reductive approach to the budget in this difficult year. ⬇

Let’s be honest about what’s worked to make San Diegans’ lives better — and what hasn’t.

#OTD in 1893 craftsperson and conceptual artist Beatrice Wood was born.Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) found her own path as a...
03/04/2021

#OTD in 1893 craftsperson and conceptual artist Beatrice Wood was born.

Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) found her own path as an artist by combining #craft and conceptual #art, often with a feminist angle like the sculpture “Superior Masculine Mind” below. She studied in Paris twice and it was there, in 1916, she met Duchamp who introduced her to the world of Dada and Surrealism. She later became known as the “Mama of Dada.” She considered herself an “untalented craftsperson”, however, she perfected her own version of luster-glazed shimmering pots!

1. Head, Beatrice Wood, 20th Century, California, Clay, 1998-69-001.

2. Emerald Blue Lustre Bottle, Beatrice Wood, 1978, California, Glazed clay, 1996-22-001.

3. "Superior Masculine Mind", Beatrice Wood, date unknown,
California, Glazed stoneware, 2002-83-082.

02/21/2021
Make Your Own Mask with Ramel Wallace and Mingei

Join Mingei in celebrating Black History Month! This month we partner with Hip Hop artist and community leader Ramel Wallace from The HolyField and Heron Hues, local San Diego clothing brand focused on designs that glorify and depict the many depths of Black history. You won’t want to miss today's Family Sunday Facebook Live as Ramel teaches us how to make a face mask of our own from home.

🍷 We heard it was National Drink Wine Day so we thought it was only appropriate to show off our wonderful wine vat. Ming...
02/18/2021

🍷 We heard it was National Drink Wine Day so we thought it was only appropriate to show off our wonderful wine vat.

Mingei Executive Director, Rob Sidner, says he would often duck his head into this wine vat when it was on exhibition because it still held the distinctive aroma of wine. A sign that it has been well used. 😉

Wine Vat
Unknown potter
Black-glazed stoneware
Southeast China, perhaps Guangdong Province, late 19th century, late Qing Dynasty
Mingei International Museum. Gift of Drs. James and Judith Kemp

Who wants to play #WhatIsItWednesday?🤔 Put your best guesses in the comments.
02/11/2021

Who wants to play #WhatIsItWednesday?

🤔 Put your best guesses in the comments.

Who wants to play #WhatIsItWednesday?

🤔 Put your best guesses in the comments.

Check out the exciting activities happening at San Diego Museum Council museums during #SDMuseumMonth! You might even re...
02/04/2021
San Diego Museum Month to mark its 32nd year in a virtual way

Check out the exciting activities happening at San Diego Museum Council museums during #SDMuseumMonth!

You might even read about a #museum you know. 😉

Mostly shuttered by the pandemic, 40 local museums will host online programs every day in February

🎉 We're thrilled to receive a Getty Foundation grant for the research and planning of a new exhibition, BLUE GOLD: The A...
02/01/2021

🎉 We're thrilled to receive a Getty Foundation grant for the research and planning of a new exhibition, BLUE GOLD: The Art and Science of Indigo, scheduled to open in the fall of 2024.

BLUE GOLD: The Art and Science of Indigo is part of the next Pacific Standard Time, focused on the intertwined histories of art and science, past and present, addressing some of the most complex challenges of our century. Featuring stunning objects of creative expression, coupled with scientific study and explanation, this exhibition will present #indigo as a compelling manifestation of #art and #science.

Find out more at http://bit.ly/indigo-getty-grant.

Last March, Claudia Biezunski-Rodriguez of Sew Loka, along with other business owners and volunteers, responded to the u...
01/28/2021

Last March, Claudia Biezunski-Rodriguez of Sew Loka, along with other business owners and volunteers, responded to the urgent public health demand and organized the production and distribution of thousands of face masks to local community members in need. More than ten months later, Claudia and #textile preservationist and #artisan, Sarah Winston, combined their dyeing, weaving and sewing skills to create 200 elegantly crafted #Mingei face coverings.

Read more about Claudia's work and her commitment to her community here: mingei.org/stories/textiles/claudia-biezunski-rodriguez

And mark your calendars! This Saturday (and every Saturday) stop by Sew Loka during Walk the Block in Barrio Logan from 12pm-6pm.

#MuseumsForMasks

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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.

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