Friday, August 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM PDT
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10:00 PM PDT

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Mingei International Museum 
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

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Cheryl Gall 
Japanese Art Society of America 

JASA: 8/11- 8/12 2017 Southern California Visit 

Kawase Hasui (1885-1957), Tokyo Junidai (Twelve Subjects of Tokyo): Komagata Riverbank, Summer 1919, San Diego Museum of Art

You are cordially invited to join JASA President Wilson Grabill on a special excursion to San Diego and Los Angeles, Aug 11-12, to see a diverse array of wonderful Japanese art currently on exhibition.

Mokei Kanban for Brush Shop 19th century Japan Wood, bamboo, pigment, cotton cord. Mingei International Museum, Gift of Jeaninne and Richard Helmstetter, Photo by Steve Oliver
The program begins on Fri, Aug 11 in San Diego for a full day of activities in the city's marvelous Balboa Park. We'll start at the Mingei International Museum, which is exhibiting a fascinating selection of "Kanban", traditional Japanese shop signs, which have been gathered from museums across the US and Japan, as well as from the museum's extensive collection. This is a rare opportunity to see so many of these witty and evocative examples of Japanese folk art. Chief Curator Christine Knoke will take us through the exhibition. 

Lunch is on your own at any of the many restaurants in the park, including the café at the Japanese Friendship Garden, which you are invited to visit on your own. 

In the mid-afternoon, we will gather at the San Diego Museum of Art, where Associate Curator for Asian Art Diana Chou will take us through the small but lovely Modern Japan: Prints from the Taisho Era (1912-1926) and Beyond as well as the permanent collection of Japanese and Asian art. We'll also see some special objects from storage, including a rare Edo handscroll. Following our program at the museum, we will look at some contemporary prints and ceramics from the collection of JASA member and museum benefactor Gordon Brodfuehrer and enjoy a lovely catered dinner with him.

Namikawa Yasuyuki, Incense Burner (koro) with Design of Cranes and Pine, c. 1905-15, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift from the Japanese Cloisonné Enamels Collection of Donald K. Gerber and Sueann E. Sherry, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
On Sat, Aug 12, we will travel to Los Angeles (2.5 hour trip) to see the magnificent collection of Japanese cloisonné objects donated by Donald Gerber and Sueann Sherry to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and currently on exhibition at the Pavilion for Japanese Art. Mr. Gerber will personally lead us through the exhibition and talk about his experience collecting some of the finest examples of cloisonné art in the world. Afterward you are free to visit
Japanese Painting: A Walk in Nature, which is also on display in the Pavilion.

The trip is limited to 15 people. There is no program charge; however, participants are responsible for transportation and lodging. 

Hotel recommendations (in San Diego) will be provided on request. Participants are responsible for museum admissions. Cost for the catered dinner on 8/11 will be determined. We should have enough cars to transport participants from San Diego to Los Angeles on 8/12, but if we need to rent a small bus, that cost will be determined.

We recommend out-of-towners fly into San Diego and leave from Los Angeles. If you have any questions, please contact Wilson Grabill at w_grabill@yahoo.com. We hope to see you in beautiful Southern California in August!

Useful links:
http://www.niwa.org/ (Japanese Friendship Garden)

Registration is first come first served. If you would like to attend, please register by clicking the REGISTER NOW button below and fill out the registration form.

Please contact Cheryl Gall, membership coordinator, via email: jasa@japaneseartsoc.org  or phone: 781-862-8558 with any questions.