Saturday Opening: Contemporary Crafts; Library Summer Research Challenge; Movie Night at JCCC

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Saturday Opening: Contemporary Crafts; Library Summer Research Challenge; Movie Night at JCCC

Post  JF on Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:30 pm

Gallery and Library open this Saturday, July 21 from noon- 5 pm

The history of Japanese crafts can be traced back to ancient times and is filled with a variety of influences from sources such as China and Korea. These influences have been gradually absorbed and further developed, eventually resulting in works that reflect the Japanese artistic temperament. In modern times, with the rapid introduction of Western social systems and culture, Japanese crafts have not simply retained the traditional forms and decorative embellishments that had been handed down from previous generations. Instead, artists who attempt to express their own artistic temperament through their work have appeared.

This exhibition consists of 64 pieces in six sections revealing examples of the characteristics of Japanese contemporary crafts: Ostentation (Use of outstanding colours, and gold & silver), Wabi (Quiet refinement, natural expression of the materials), Crispness (Strong forms and captivating colours), Fine Detail (Elaborate workmanship), Deformation (Beauty of unevenness), Kacho (Flowers and birds, Traditional ornamental motifs).

Admission: Free
Gallery Hours:
11:30 am - 7 pm extended hours
Tuesday 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 7 pm extended hours
Friday 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Select Saturdays noon - 5 pm
Saturday opening dates:
July 21; August 11, 25; September 8, 22; October 13
Special Opening: Nuit Blanche, sunset September 29-sunrise September30

CLOSED: other Saturdays and Sundays, August 6 (Civic Holiday), September 3 (Labour Day), October 8 (Thanksgiving)
Inquiries: We welcome group tours!

Related Events:

SUMMER FESTIVAL DISPLAY – Feel the atmosphere of a Japanese summer festival among the Library’s special decorations and displays: paper lanterns; Mikoshi – a highlight of every festival; masks found in festival stands; or plastic realistic models of sushi, soba and summer desserts.

SUMMER RESEARCH CHALLENGE – You can enter for a chance to win one of our fabulous prizes: a Nara Yoshitomo tote bag; Takashi Murakami’s art book ©MURAKAMI; a DVD of one of kabuki’s most popular plays, Kanjincho; a designer furoshiki wrapping cloth; or a lunch bag dyed in katagami technique – if you answer only 5 out of 10 questions concerning our library and collection. Finding answers is really easy – they are all on our shelves and in catalogue.

MAKE A WISH – Following the tradition of the Tanabata Festival, you can write your wish in English or Japanese (our staff will be happy to assist you) and hang it on the bamboo tree to make it come true!

Next Week at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre:

DINNER AND MOVIE – “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”
Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Ct.
Date: Thursday July 26, 2012
Time: 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)
Admission (for movie only): $6 JCCC members, $8 non-members
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