February at Morikami Features New Exhibit, Tattoo Day & More

Fall in love with Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens this February! Visitors can enjoy a fascinating new exhibit, Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World, which explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices. Morikami’s coinciding “Tattoo Day” will provide a full day of fun activities for the whole family. Throughout the month, visitors can also participate in interactive educational workshops and classes. See below for a full schedule of the month’s events. 0000000000000000000000000Photo, Valerie Herskowitz at the Stevie Awards,22621700987_d4b6dc7bb2_o

 

Ikebana Flower Arrangement – Ikenobo School 4-week session: Tuesday, February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2016

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Cost: Non-Members $70; Members $60 (Advance registration required)

Flower fee: $80 Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. The Ikenobo School is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of Ikenobo, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy.

 

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Floral

4-week session: Thursday, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2016

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Cost: Non-members $60; Members $55 (Advance registration required)

Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to capture the beauty of flowers and bamboo.

Required materials: Listed on www.morikami.org

 

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Landscape

4-week session: Thursday, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2016

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Cost: Non-Members $60; Members $55 (Advance registration required)

Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to mimic sweeping landscapes.

Required materials: Listed on www.morikami.org

 

World Peace Through Ikebana: 2016 Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition & Demonstration

Date: Saturday, February 6 – Monday, February 8

Time: 10:00am-5:00pm

Through the weekend museum guests can explore a vivid display of Ikebana, Japanese flower design in the lobby; on Monday, enjoy an Ikebana exhibition, a special lunch and exclusive demonstration of Ikebana flower design by Soei Chieko Mihori. To purchase tickets and for more information, including pricing, visit www.morikami.org/sogetsudemo.

 

Introductory Japanese Language Intensive Workshop II

2-day Workshop: Saturday, February 6 & 13, 2016 Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Cost: $80 (Advance registration required)

The prerequisite for this course is the Introductory Japanese Language Intensive Workshop I or the Nihongo: Japanese Language Level I Class. This is an intensive 2-day workshop covering lessons 3- 5 of the required textbook: Japanese for Busy People I, Revised 3rd Edition, Kana Version (ISBN-13: 978-1568363851) and Kana Workbook (ISBN-13: 978-1568364018)

Sumiko Uo is a Japan-born educator who had taught at Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. A student of language and traditional Japanese cultural arts, Ms. Uo has taught Japanese language, calligraphy, literature and cinema to both children and adults. Her classes will appeal to beginners, as well as those with knowledge of Japanese

 

Family Fun: “Mommy & Me” Kamishibai Story Telling **NEW SERIES**

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Time: 10:30am

Cost: Free with paid museum admission (No advance registration required)

Bring the little ones to hear the reading of a Japanese kamishibai folk story! Each month will feature a different story.

 

Introduction to Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School

2-week session: Wednesday, February 10 & 17, 2016

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Class fee: Non-members $52.50; Members $45 (Advance registration required)

Flower fee: $30

Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of the contemporary Sogetsu School, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy. This introductory course is a prerequisite for Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School.

 

Ikebana Flower Arrangement – Sogetsu School

2-week session: Friday, February 12 & 19, 2016

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Cost: Non-Members $52.50; Members $45 (Advance registration required)

Flower fee: $30

Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of the contemporary Sogetsu School, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy.

 

Demonstration of Koto

Day: Saturday, February 13, 2016

Time: 12:00pm, 1:30pm & 3:00pm

Cost: $5

(No advance registration available, must purchase ticket day of, seating is first come, first served)

Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th century. Learn the fascinating history of this exquisite instrument and listen to its captivating and tranquil sounds demonstrated by koto teacher Mrs. Yoshiko Carlton. Each participant receives a koto music sheet of the most famous Japanese song, Sakura, or “Cherry Blossom.”

 

Sado Tea Ceremony Class

2-week session: Sunday, February 14 & 21, 2016

Time: Individual appointments begin at 10:15am

Cost: Non-members $55; Members $50 (Advance registration required)

Learn to perform traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of Master Soei Chieko Mihori. Tea Ceremony Workshop (offered in November, January and March) is a prerequisite for this class.

 

Art of Bonsai: Beginner

5-week session: February 14, 21, 28, March 13 & 20, 2016

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Class Fee: Non-Members $91; Members $81 (Advance registration required)

Material fee: $45 payable to the instructor.

The ancient art of bonsai (literally “tree in a tray”) creates the illusion of maturity in a tree, no matter its actual age. Students learn to train and trim their own tree in this introductory class.

 

Art of Bonsai: Intermediate

5-week session: February 14, 21, 28, March 13 & 20, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Cost: Non-members $91; Members $81 (Advance registration required)

The ancient art of bonsai (literally “tree in a tray”) creates the illusion of maturity in a tree, no matter its actual age. In the intermediate course students further explore new techniques to artfully train and trim their own trees.

Required materials: Students in this intermediate level class are asked to bring their own tree.

 

Demonstration of Sado: The Way of Tea

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Time: 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm

Cost: $5 with paid museum admission

(No advance registration available, must purchase ticket day of, seating is first come, first served)

Observe Japanese sado, “the way of tea,” an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. The true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet can bring a calm perspective into a busy life.

 

Guest Artist Workshop: Paper Cut Art with Hiromi Moneyhun

Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation

Date: February 20, 2016

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm & 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $50 (Advance registration required)

Join guest artist Hiromi Moneyhun as she guides you through the intricate steps for creating three-dimensional paper cut artwork. Learn the different styles of cutting to create your own pieces that are both whimsical and bold. Originally from Kyoto, Japan, Hiromi Moneyhun began drawing at a young age, and by her teen years had developed a style of her own. With no formal art training, Hiromi has evolved a unique homegrown artistic voice that combines traditional Japanese visual art forms with the super-modernity that is now found in all of Japan’s biggest cities. Hiromi’s cut paper pieces are the result of a multistep process that produces an art that is at once amusingly lighthearted and startlingly alive. Hiromi’s paper cuts are inviting, compelling many to want to reach out and touch the artwork. Like the works of all the great masters, Hiromi’s pieces are best appreciated when viewed in person. An exhibition of her artwork will be on display at the Morikami Museum in the summer of 2016. All tools and materials will be provided for this workshop.

 

NEW EXHIBITION! Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World

Dates: Friday, February 26 – Sunday, May 8, 2016

Organized by the Japanese American National Museum, created, designed and photographed by Kip Fulbeck, and curated by Takahiro Kitamura (Ryudaibori, formerly Horitaka). Funded in part by the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This exhibition explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices. Perseverance underscores Japanese tattooing as an art form by acknowledging its roots in ukiyo-e prints and examining current practices and offshoots of Japanese tattooing in the U.S. and Japan. As Japanese tattoos have moved into the mainstream, the artistry and legacy of Japanese tattooing remain both enigmatic and misunderstood. Often copied by practitioners and aficionados in the West without regard to its rich history, symbolism, or tradition, the Japanese tattoo as a form of art is commonly reduced to a visual or exotic caricature. Conversely, mainstream Japanese culture still dismisses the subject itself as underground, associating it more with some of its clientele than with the artists practicing it. Both of these mindsets ignore the vast artistry and rich history of the practice.  Although tattooing is largely seen as an underground activity in Japan, Japanese tattoo artists have pursued their passions, applied their skills, and have risen to become internationally acclaimed artists. Through the endurance and dedication of these tattoo artists, Japanese tattooing as a genre of art has persevered, and is now internationally renowned for its artistry, lineage, historical symbolism, and skill.  Perseverance features photographs taken by Kip Fulbeck and tattoo work by seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists, Horitaka, Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken, along with tattoo works by selected others. Through the display of a variety of photographs, including life-sized pictures of full body tattoos, these artists cover a broad spectrum of the current world of Japanese tattooing.

 

Tattoo Day

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: paid museum admission (additional fees required for certain programs)

Commemorate Morikami’s exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with tattoo-inspired activities for the whole family! FREE kids’ activities happening all day include a kids’ tattoo shop, a tattoo coloring station and kite making and lantern building activities. At 12:30p don’t miss the Tebori Demonstration by tattoo artist Horitomo where he will use a bamboo stick called a nomi to demonstrate this unique method of tattooing by hand. At 1:30pm, hear from Ink Master’s Chris Nuñez, alongside famed tattoo artists Ryudaibori, Junii and Horitomo as well as Kip Fulbeck, the exhibition designer and photographer for Perseverance, as they share the importance of tattoo art in their lives and discuss their work in the exhibition. After a Q&A session, guests will have the opportunity to have their exhibition catalogs (sold in the Museum Store) signed by all the artists. Visit www.morikami.org/tattooday for full program and pricing.

 

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, and explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, world-class bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store.