MABA 2020 Bonsai Show

For nearly 50 years, the Milwaukee Bonsai Society has held an Annual Exhibit. In 2020 the 50th annual exhibit, Mid-America Bonsai Alliance Convention heads back to Milwaukee to help celebrate! This MABA convention will be the third hosted by the Milwaukee Bonsai Society and we expect the best.

For nearly 30 years Mid-America Bonsai Alliance has gathered bonsai artists, bonsai enthusiest, and delegates together to build stronger networks and more vibrant bonsai communities. What started as a small group of about 10 people in 1989 has now grown to more than 19 clubs. Join in this celebration of Bonsai.

Official Website: http://www.milwaukeebonsai.org/maba/

On-line Registration will begin on Sunday, January 5, 2020.
Registration Cost: $195 starting January 5, 2020 | $250 after 3/1/2020

Upcoming @ Japan House University Of Illinois

Japan House at the University of Illinois offers a wonderful and selection of classes and special interest events throughout the year. Many of these classes are worth highlighting and offer budget friendly options for artists.

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December 11 – Japanese Tea Ceremony (space limited RSP required)
November 16 – A Look at Japan House from the Inside (free public tour)
November 3 – Zen Studies with Professor Shozo Sato: Sumi-e (Black Ink Painting)
October 22 – Wagashi Workshop with Kimiko Gunji
September 24 – Wagashi Workshop with Kimiko Gunji
September 21 – A Look at Japan House from the Inside (free public tour)
September 18 – Japanese Tea Ceremony (space limited RSP required)

Cleveland Fall Bonsai Show

FREE ADMISSION – FREE PARKING

Date: Sept 28th & 29th 2019

Address: Rockefeller Park Greenhouse 750 E 88th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44108

Official Site: http://www.clevelandbonsaiclub.org

The Cleveland Bonsai Club is hosting a Fall show the weekend of Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th.

Come and see more than 50 trees and learn about the art of bonsai! Trees will be on display at all stages of development. Vendors will have trees, pots, and other bonsai supplies for sale.

Demonstrations daily! Learn how these trees are selected, potted, wired, trimmed, and cared for from our club masters.

While you’re here, visit the beautiful greenhouses and gardens of Rockefeller Greenhouse.

The show is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted. Free parking!

Classes @ Chicago Japanese Culture Center

The Japanese Culture Center located in Chicago continues to lead the charge in sharing and educating about traditional arts and crafts. If you are in the Chicago area and are looking to take some enriching classes, why not check out the lineup offered?

Here is a small list of just some of the recent offerings by the Japanese Culture Center.

2019 Japanese Culture Center Classes:

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Japanese Culture Center Website: https://japaneseculturecenter.com
Address: 1016 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657

Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style at the Cincinnati Art Museum

CINCINNATI — In Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style, on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum from June 28–September 15, 2019, visitors can experience more than 50 ensembles by Japanese, European and American designers including Coco Chanel, Christian Louboutin, John Galliano, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Rei Kawakubo, Iris van Herpen and Issey Miyake.

Organized by the Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the exhibition features fashion from the 1870s to the present day along with kimono, Japanese prints, paintings and textiles.

Kimono—literally translated “thing to wear”—has impacted international fashion since Japan opened its ports to the world in the mid-1850s. The form and silhouette of kimono, its two-dimensional structure and motifs used as surface embellishment, have all been refashioned into a wide array of garments. Kimono revealed new possibilities in clothing design and helped lay the foundation for contemporary fashion design.

The exhibition explores these themes in four sections. The first explores the influence of Japanese aesthetics, called Japonsim, on artists, specifically painters, of the late nineteenth century, who depicted kimono in many of their works. The second section examines kimono’s influence on fashion from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, when couture designs were inspired by the shape and cut of kimono and incorporated Japanesque motifs in their surface decoration. Two of the pieces included in this section address the use of kimono by Westerners as dressing gowns with a Cincinnati connection. The third section examines contemporary fashion and the continued use of variations on the kimono silhouette along with traditional weaving, dyeing and decorative techniques. The final section demonstrates how Japan continues to inspire the world of fashion through popular design, including manga and anime.

From a nineteenth century gown decorated with Japanese-inspired floral motifs to a 1960s dress tied with an obi-like sash to couture designs as recent as 2016, Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style, is a product of international collaboration between Japanese and American institutions. It makes clear that kimono has had a strong presence in fashion and continues to be an inspiration for designers worldwide.

“We are excited to partner with Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) and Asian Art Museum to tell the story of the influence of kimono on contemporary fashions. KCI is renowned for their collection of Western dress and more than 15 exceptional examples of traditional and contemporary fashion have been added to the exhibition from our own permanent collection. We have also supplemented the show with paintings, works on paper and examples of Rookwood pottery that help tell this story. From the 1870s to today, the kimono has continued to be a touchstone for fashion couturiers on a global scale,” said Cynthia Amnéus, Cincinnati Art Museum’s Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is the third of three venues in the United States to present this exhibition. It was previously on view under the title Kimono Refashioned at the Newark Museum in New Jersey and is currently on view at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (February 8–May 5, 2019).

This exhibition’s Cincinnati presentation is organized with the generous support of Huntington Bank and Toyota of Cincinnati. Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style will be on view in the Western & Southern galleries (galleries 232 and 233).

The exhibition was initiated by Akiko Fukai of the Kyoto Costume Institute, and was jointly curated by Rie Nii of the Kyoto Costume Institute, Yuki Morishima and Karin Grace Oen of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Katherine Anne Paul of the Newark Museum, and Cynthia Amnéus of the Cincinnati Art Museum—all of whom contributed to the exhibition and exhibition catalogue.

Tickets for Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style are free for museum members. Tickets will soon be available for purchase by the general public at the Cincinnati Art Museum front desk and online at cincinnatiartmuseum.org. Photography is permitted, but no flash. #CAMfashionImage credit: Toshiko Yamawaki (1887–1960), Japan, Evening Dress with Wave Motif, 1956, silk taffeta with gold-thread embroidery, Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute, Inv. AC12555 2011-8-35AB, Gift from Yamawaki Fashion Art College, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama