This September, the Society of Arts + Crafts will launch a two-month exhibition of works by Kyoto’s finest craft artists: Kogei-Kyoto x SA+C Boston: Contemporary Innovators in Japanese Arts and Crafts. The Artists’ Group Kogei-Kyoto will show nearly 60 pieces of their art at our gallery in the Seaport area of Boston. This is the first time this collective of artists has exhibited in the U.S. as a group, and the show will be one of the artistic highlights marking citywide celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of Boston’s and Kyoto’s status as Sister Cities.
The American Arts and Crafts Movement has been intertwined with Japanese kogei (arts & crafts) since its beginning: Japanese design principles have influenced and informed the work of many American craft artists. To deepen the long-standing cross-cultural relationship, Boston made Kyoto its first Sister City in 1959.
The Kogei-Kyoto exhibition comes to Boston via Niho Kozuru, a Japanese artist who has work on display in the Society's lightwell. Niho introduced us to the Japan Society of Boston, which was looking for a venue to bring master craft artists to the region for the 60th Anniversary Sister City celebrations. We are delighted to host such an acclaimed group of craft artists and hope you will join in this commemorative moment, which will forge ties between two rich craft communities.
The exhibition runs from September 10 to November 12, 2019, and offers an array of Japanese art. There will be opportunities to experience traditional Japanese ceremonies and learn about Japanese crafts directly from the artists in workshops and during live demonstrations. We hope the exhibition will foster a deeper understanding of Japanese craft and its influences on American craft.
SA+C and our artists need your support for this memorable cultural exchange. To fund this commemorative exhibition, we must raise $75,000.
Mr. Imai Makimasa of the Kogei-Kyoto.
Photo Credit: Taitetsu Kaneshiro