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Kokeshi Exhibition

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Behind the Museum Cafe
1229 NW 10th Avenue

November 1-December 15, 2012


This free exhibition never seen in the U.S. features Japanese Creative Kokeshi craftspersons and their creations.

The art of Kokeshi doll making began in the early 1800s, and flourished in the late 1950s through the '60s as Creative (Sosaku) dolls. The late 1950s saw the movement go beyond the smaller, colorful bobble-head dolls with the artists utilizing the various beautifully-grained woods available to wood workers, (kiji-shi), in many areas throughout Japan. While a number of these Sosaku Kokeshi makers trained under mentors/masters in the Tohoku region, (the
birthplace of Kokeshi), their dolls show exciting imagination, as many of the artists came from a variety of artistic backgrounds including painting and photography. Today, Sosaku Kokeshi dolls are more popular than ever, supporting the transnational and transmedia movement of Anime and toy design seen throughout the world.

An introduction and book signing of the only book in English on the subject will open the exhibition on the evening of November 1 at 6 p.m.