Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers

Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers

Friday, September 16, 2011 — Sunday, December 18, 2011

Akio Hamatani (1947-). W-Orbit, 2010. Rayon, indigo; special technique. Diameter approximately 157 in. (400 cm).

Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers showcases the dynamic field of Japanese fiber art. Organized as a juried show jointly presented by Japan Society and International Textile Network Japan in collaboration with Tama University Art Museum, the works on display range from ethereal silk and hemp to paper pulp and synthetic fiber using methods that are sometimes deeply traditional, but sometimes employ the latest weaving and dyeing technology along with an environmentally conscious "green" ethos. Moving far beyond traditional utility, Japan's textile pioneers fuse past and present to create innovative, beautiful and sometimes challenging works of art.

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$12; students & seniors $10; Japan Society members & children under 16 free.
Admission is free to all on Friday nights, 6-9 PM.

This exhibition is generously supported by E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; The Coby Foundation, Ltd.; Chris A. Wachenheim; Friends of Fiber Art International; Henry and Gilda Buchbinder; Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund; Nomura Foundation, and the Leadership Committee for Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers.

Further significant funding has been received from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Media sponsorship is provided by WNYC.

Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines.

Exhibitions at Japan Society are made possible in part by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund and the Friends of the Gallery.


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