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Mingei International Museum Mingei International Museum celebrates art of the people (mingei) from all cultures of the world and across human history.
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Happy #WorldArtDay! Go ahead and use today as an excuse to spend a few minutes (or hours) exploring our online collectio...
04/15/2020

Happy #WorldArtDay!

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 mar...
04/13/2020

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 memb...
03/27/2020

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 ...
03/22/2020
Commentary: Continue to let art be a part of how you see the world

"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 ...
03/21/2020

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...
03/18/2020

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 ...
03/11/2020
San Diego’s Mingei International Museum undergoes a sweeping renovation

"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

#ImagineMingei

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.

Our Education Manager chose this Tarahumara/Rarámuri woman's outfit for her #StaffPick which also happens to fit perfect...
03/09/2020

Our Education Manager chose this Tarahumara/Rarámuri woman's outfit for her #StaffPick which also happens to fit perfectly with #WomensHistoryMonth!

This woman’s skirt and top were made by a Tarahumara/Rarámuri woman from Chihuahua, Mexico. Today Rarámuri women continue to hand-sew this style of clothing to preserve their culture and craft. Learn more at this dress and its history at mingei.org/collections/staff-pick.

03/02/2020
Hard Hat Tour

🏗️ Get a behind the scenes look at our building transformation and check out the final plans at mingei.org/transformation.

02/15/2020

Try your hand at no-sew quilting during our Family Sunday Pop-Up tomorrow from 12:30-5pm at the City Heights Library!

❤️ This Valentine's Day, we're loving the inspiring husband and wife, Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi. Bob Stocksdale a...
02/14/2020

❤️ This Valentine's Day, we're loving the inspiring husband and wife, Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi. Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi were pioneers of contemporary craft and their works were featured in our 2015 exhibition "In the Realm of Nature".

Learn more at mingei.org/exhibitions/in-the-realm-of-nature

"I love the visible folds and impressions on the form, which combined with the shimmer of the glaze make the object feel...
02/06/2020

"I love the visible folds and impressions on the form, which combined with the shimmer of the glaze make the object feel like a gem just mined from the earth." - Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer, Jessica York

Our Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer is a ceramics superfan and lover of all things #midcentury modern, which is why this Laura Andreson piece "Hollow Form" is her #StaffPick!

Andreson, a renowned teacher and artist, founded the ceramics program at UCLA in the 1930s. Fun fact: a few years later, she taught pottery to Mingei International Museum founder Martha Longenecker at the university. In the 1950s Andreson transitioned from working with clay to porcelain, which remained her primary medium. This hollow vessel, made in 1969, features a metallic, iridescent glaze, a centuries old technique that is today known as “lusterware”. Andreson was a woman to admire: she had a significant influence on the U.S. ceramics, and thanks to a lifetime of constant experimentation she is credited with developing new glaze technologies and firing techniques. Search the Mingei online collection to see more of her gorgeous work! mingei.org/art

“Hollow Form”. Laura Andreson. California, US. 1969. 1994-20-011. Gift of Ruth Granstrom in Memory of Evangeline LeBarron.

#midcenturymodern #lauraandreson #ceramics #ceramicglaze

We’re looking forward to waking up bright and early with CreativeMornings San Diego all-year long! In 2020 we are sponso...
01/30/2020

We’re looking forward to waking up bright and early with CreativeMornings San Diego all-year long!

In 2020 we are sponsoring all of San Diego’s #CreativeMornings talks and can’t wait to mingle with San Diego’s creative community at the San Diego Central Library tomorrow. 🎉 Reserve your seat at https://creativemornings.com/talks/carlos-mccray.

Rooster. 20th Century. Glazed clay. Gift of Susanna Meiers.

Transformation
01/22/2020

Transformation

Mingei International Museum is transforming its home in Balboa Park. This renovation will allow the Museum to carry out ...
01/22/2020

Mingei International Museum is transforming its home in Balboa Park. This renovation will allow the Museum to carry out its mission in meaningful new ways by creating a space where all are welcome, where the community can gather and where individuals can find respite, beauty and creative inspiration. Stay tuned for more construction updates. #imaginemingei
Photos: Ron Kerner

Mingei International Museum is transforming its home in Balboa Park. This renovation will allow the Museum to carry out its mission in meaningful new ways by creating a space where all are welcome, where the community can gather and where individuals can find respite, beauty and creative inspiration. Stay tuned for more construction updates. #imaginemingei
Photos: Ron Kerner

"Glass has a universal language. I have blown glass in many different countries and I can walk in and know how to commun...
01/18/2020

"Glass has a universal language. I have blown glass in many different countries and I can walk in and know how to communicate with others because it’s a visual language. You can move your head or your hands and understand what each other wants or needs. That is a really magical aspect of glass. It is an unspoken language." - Kathleen Mitchell

Read our full interview with glass blowing artist, Kathleen Mitchell at https://mingei.org/stories/behind-the-scenes/melting-into-something-new.

🏗️ The floors are being poured and there are many more changes to come! #imaginemingeiLearn more about our transformatio...
01/15/2020

🏗️ The floors are being poured and there are many more changes to come! #imaginemingei

Learn more about our transformation at https://mingei.org/transformation.

As 2019 comes to an end we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our supporters for being part of an unprecedented yea...
12/26/2019

As 2019 comes to an end we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our supporters for being part of an unprecedented year. In 2019, we completed two phases of construction and started the third and final phase of the renovation! We also had the opportunity to collaborate with many local organizations to offer off-site exhibitions, member excursions, makers workshops, Family Sunday events and other programming across our region. We couldn’t be more thankful to our community and we look forward to what's in store in the year ahead. #imaginemingei

This Pop Up Sunday, celebrate the holidays by creating your own traditional Filipino parol, a star-shaped lantern. Led b...
12/12/2019
December Family Sunday Pop Up

This Pop Up Sunday, celebrate the holidays by creating your own traditional Filipino parol, a star-shaped lantern. Led by guest artist Melody Klaffke, you will use reeds, colorful tissue paper, cellophane and sequins to craft and decorate your own lantern.

Sunday, December 15, 12:30 – 5:00pm at Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library.

Family Sunday is free for all! Join us for hands-on art projects, a treasure hunt, Mini Mingei storytime and more!

Sip, mingle and shop for loved ones (and yourself!) from an exciting selection of jewelry, apparel, housewares and more....
12/05/2019

Sip, mingle and shop for loved ones (and yourself!) from an exciting selection of jewelry, apparel, housewares and more. On Friday, December 6 Shop Mingei brings another year of #local artists, refreshments and festive merriment at our annual Holiday Market.

Learn more at https://mingei.org/events/shopping/shop-mingei-holiday-market.

12/04/2019
We have exciting news to share today! Tune in at 10:00 am on Facebook Live.
12/04/2019

We have exciting news to share today! Tune in at 10:00 am on Facebook Live.

Enjoy a day of design #inspiration with a private tour of Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe at the Palm Springs Ar...
12/01/2019

Enjoy a day of design #inspiration with a private tour of Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and an exclusive look inside the quintessential modernist Morse House. Wine and light snacks will be served for “bus happy hour” as a relaxing end to an inspiring day!

Reserve your spot at https://mingei.org/events/art-excursion/art-excursion.

Release your inner Frida! 🌺 Next Saturday, December 7, Project Runway winner, Ashley Nell Tipton, will show you how to c...
11/27/2019

Release your inner Frida! 🌺 Next Saturday, December 7, Project Runway winner, Ashley Nell Tipton, will show you how to create her Frida Kahlo-inspired signature flower headpieces. Choose from vibrant silk flowers while learning more about Ashley’s experience and craft. Workshop includes all the materials to create your bespoke design and walk away with a unique, wearable art piece. El taller puede ser bilingue.

Get your ticket: https://mingei.org/events/series/mingei-masters.

I don’t draw. I don’t sketch. Only when I’m forced to, but I hate doing it. It takes away from the relationship I have w...
11/26/2019

I don’t draw. I don’t sketch. Only when I’m forced to, but I hate doing it. It takes away from the relationship I have with the material. I want it to tell me when it’s done. It’s a balance of control but also understanding. - Cara Golden #mingeistories

Learn more about Cara and her work at https://mingei.org/stories/textiles/inspiration-follows-form.

Beadutiful! 😉 This Chevron Bead Strand is part of our large bead inventory donated to our permanent collection by the Be...
11/19/2019

Beadutiful! 😉 This Chevron Bead Strand is part of our large bead inventory donated to our permanent collection by the Bead Museum in Arizona. The digitization and accession of this #beadcollection could not have been possible without the support of Mingei donor, Ann Craig, a lover of beads and a jewelry maker herself. Thank you, Ann! #donorlove

Learn more about this bead strand and our bead collection here: https://mingei.org/collections/beads.

Our Sunday #Family Pop-Up is popping up this weekend! Join us at City Heights Library from 12:30-5pm. Be inspired by col...
11/15/2019

Our Sunday #Family Pop-Up is popping up this weekend! Join us at City Heights Library from 12:30-5pm. Be inspired by colorful and imaginative ceramic art of Metamorphosis: Allied Craftsmen 2019, a pop-up juried exhibition at San Diego City College. Led by guest artist Sierra Matthews, a Teaching Artist with ArtReach San Diego, you will experiment with form, color and clay to create your own marbled pottery.

Family Sunday is free for all! More details: https://mingei.org/events/family-friendly/november-family-sunday-pop-up.

Make sure to get your coffee early today! Café Mingei at Liberty Station will be closing a few hours early this afternoo...
11/12/2019

Make sure to get your coffee early today! Café Mingei at Liberty Station will be closing a few hours early this afternoon.

The AIA San Diego (AIASD), recently honored LUCE et Studio for their work on us, Mingei International Museum! They recei...
11/12/2019

The AIA San Diego (AIASD), recently honored LUCE et Studio for their work on us, Mingei International Museum! They received an award for Innovation in Unbuilt Design, which honors the transformation underway at our facility on the Plaza de Panama. Congratulations, LUCE et Studio!

Today marks the anniversary of the passing of Museum founder, Martha Longenecker (1920-2013), who was an art professor a...
10/29/2019

Today marks the anniversary of the passing of Museum founder, Martha Longenecker (1920-2013), who was an art professor at San Diego State University and studied the art of pottery-making in Japan. As an artist-craftsperson, she became acquainted with and learned from the leaders of the Mingei Association of Japan, who inspired her to carry the vision of mingei (art of the people) to the Museum.

Learn more at: https://mingei.org/about/history-of-mingei.

20 Mingei members have had a whirlwind first 3 days in Mexico City! #mingeigoestomexico
10/10/2019

20 Mingei members have had a whirlwind first 3 days in Mexico City! #mingeigoestomexico

Mexican Folk Art from the Museum's permanent collection is on view as a part of the first collaborative exhibition with ...
10/08/2019

Mexican Folk Art from the Museum's permanent collection is on view as a part of the first collaborative exhibition with the Athenaeum Art Center at Bread & Salt in Logan Heights. Details: https://mingei.org/exhibitions/mexican-folk-art-pop-up

Image: Articulated Dolls, Paper Mache, Mexico, 20th century.

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10/08/2019

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09/30/2019

We're hiring a Contract Outreach Program Evaluator! Perfect opportunity for a student, recent grad, or emerging professional interested in museum education. https://mingei.org/apply/evaluator

Did you know Family Sunday is a free monthly event offering interactive activities at three local libraries? Art-making,...
09/25/2019

Did you know Family Sunday is a free monthly event offering interactive activities at three local libraries? Art-making, storytelling, musical performances and more, all made possible through a generous grant from the ResMed Foundation.

#family #sunday #SanDiego #artseducation

Mingei Design Intern Paige Landis has gone on to land an exciting career opportunity in Washington DC but we were fortun...
09/09/2019

Mingei Design Intern Paige Landis has gone on to land an exciting career opportunity in Washington DC but we were fortunate to have her on the team for six wonderful months thanks to Mingei Trustee Kathy Jones who sponsored the internship. Paige made many contributions to the Museum, including her great design work for CRAFTING OPPORTUNITY. She shared in her internship reflection a heartfelt “...thank you to Kathy Jones for making this all possible and for seeing design interns as a valuable part of Mingei.”
#paytheinterns #donorsmakeithappen #alsocoffee

Read about our very own Gail Schneider, artist on our Board of Trustees, and how she draws inspiration from the San Dieg...
08/22/2019

Read about our very own Gail Schneider, artist on our Board of Trustees, and how she draws inspiration from the San Diego landscape and Hudson Valley of her youth in https://mingei.org/stories.

"Wild About Color," our Mingei Masters dyeing & weaving workshop w/ textile artisan Sarah Winston, is back by popular de...
08/20/2019
Wild About Color

"Wild About Color," our Mingei Masters dyeing & weaving workshop w/ textile artisan Sarah Winston, is back by popular demand. Join us 9/7 & 14 to create a palette of natural dyes & use simple looms to weave your very own tapestry. Be a Master of Craft: https://mingei.org/events/workshop/wild-about-color

We're wild (about color)! Join Sarah Winston this encore workshop on natural dyeing and weaving presented in partnership with Pigment!

We're "Weaving Wonders" at The New Children's Museum! Join us 8/30 to celebrate the new "Whammock!" art installation by ...
08/19/2019
Weaving Wonders

We're "Weaving Wonders" at The New Children's Museum! Join us 8/30 to celebrate the new "Whammock!" art installation by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and draw inspiration from Mingei’s own collection of colorful woven baskets: https://mingei.org/events/family-friendly/weaving-wonders

Mingei International Museum and The New Children's Museum team up to celebrate the new Whammock! installation.

Mingei Makers is going east to #JuneShine Ranch. Join us Aug 24, 12-2pm, for a special beginner's embroidery workshop: h...
08/15/2019
Mingei Makers x JuneShine

Mingei Makers is going east to #JuneShine Ranch. Join us Aug 24, 12-2pm, for a special beginner's embroidery workshop: https://mingei.org/events/workshop/mingei-makers-x-june-shine-1. Learn basic stitches with your own hoop, needle and thread to create your own quirky design. Enjoy hard kombucha tasters!

JuneShine x Mingei = Magic! Join us on Aug 24 for embroidery and hard kombucha at JuneShine's new Scripps Ranch location!

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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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