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On View Sep 17, 2021 - Nov 6, 2022
Curated By Camille Bethune-Brown
In the King Gallery COLORFUL CULTURE: AFRICAN BEADS is an exhibition that spotlights the Museum's collection of beads and bead objects from across the continent of Africa.
Beads are central to the lives of all African people and are an integral part of a multilayered communication system across cultural communities. Beaded objects and beaded adornment reflect the many contrasting lifestyles and cultural heritage of African societies, a characteristic more pronounced throughout this continent than in any other part of the world.
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Wikipedia Description: Mingei International Museum
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The Mingei International Museum is a non-profit public institution that collects, conserves and exhibits folk art, craft and design. The word mingei, meaning 'art of the people,' was coined by the Japanese scholar Dr. Soetsu Yanagi by combining the Japanese words for all people (min) and art (gei).
Mingei International Museum was founded by Martha Longenecker, Professor of Art Emerita, San Diego State University. As an artist craftsman who studied pottery-making in Japan, she became acquainted with and learned from the founders and leaders of the Mingei Association of Japan. Under her guidance, the Museum was established and developed over more than 27 years.
In May 1978, Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art opened at University Towne Centre in San Diego with the exhibition, Dolls and Folk Toys of the World.
In August 1996, Mingei International was relocated to the historic House of Charm on the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park. It shares the central square with the San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art.
In 2003, Mingei International opened a second museum in downtown Escondido, in North San Diego County. The premiere exhibition, Niki de Saint Phalle Remembered featured the artist's work from the Museum’s permanent collection and loans from the Niki Charitable Art Foundation.
In its 30-year history, Mingei International has presented 140 exhibitions, accompanied by related lectures, films, demonstrations, workshops, music, theater and dance.
Mingei International Museum closed its Escondido museum galleries to the public on June 26, 2010.
The Museum's collections comprise 17,500 objects from 141 countries. The collections contain artifacts from the 3rd century BCE to the present day and include objects as diverse as ancient clay vessels and 21st-century Venetian glass.
Several regions of the world are represented.
Mexico: pottery, wood carvings, textiles, retablos, masks
India: bronzes, wood carvings, pottery, textiles
China: costumes, jewelry, wood carvings, pottery
Japan: pottery, textiles, wood carvings, lacquer ware, metal work
Indonesia: ancestral monuments, wood carvings, textiles, masks, sculptures
Africa: pottery, head rests, stools, masks, textiles
Pre-Columbian: pottery and textiles from Central and South America
Middle East: textiles, jewelry, wood carvings
U.S.A.: mid 20th-century pottery; contemporary furniture, textiles, glass; Navajo weavings
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