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DILIGENCE AND ELEGANCE: THE NATURE OF JAPANESE TEXTILES

July 12, 2017–January 21, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday July 12, 2017, 6:30–8 pm

Explore the time-honoured artistry that has placed Japanese textile arts among the most refined and revered expressions of world cultures. A selection of 50 traditional artifacts from the TMC’s permanent collection reveals a level of excellence sustained through generations of inheritance, rigorous training and personal dedication. Exquisite weavings by contemporary Toronto artists Hiroko Karuno and Keiko Shintani demonstrate the subtle evolution of these remarkable skills and philosophies into new forms.

Curated by Natalia Nekrassova

EXHIBITION PROGRAMS

Thread Journeys: Family Drop-in Program
Wednesdays in July and August, 1-4 pm
Explore Japanese textile techniques in our education gallery! Contribute to a Japanese-influenced community weaving project or make a braided cord to take home using the traditional kumihimo technique. | Free with admission. Suitable for all ages 5 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Japanese Textile Traditions: Curator’s Tour
Wednesday August 16, 6:30-7:30 pm
Join curator Natalia Nekrassova for an immersive tour of Diligence and Elegance. | Free with admission

Kami-ito: Spinning Thread from Paper
Lecture and Demonstration with Hiroko Karuno
Wednesday September 13, 6:30-8 pm
Artist Hiroko Karuno will present a slide lecture and a demonstration of kami-ito, the intricate process of spinning handmade paper into thread. | TMC Members $15, Non-members $20, Students $12*

Fine Art Textiles from the Japanese Meiji Period
Lecture by John Vollmer
Wednesday November 8, 6:30-7:30 pm
John Vollmer, independent curator and scholar of Asian art and textiles, presents a lecture exploring the global appeal of bijutsu senshoku: fine art Japanese textiles. His latest book, Re-envisioning Japan: Meiji Fine Art Textiles, will be available for purchase. | TMC Members $15, Non-members $20, Students $5*

Mujigokujoo: Plain is Best
Studio Visit with Keiko Shintani
Saturday December 2, 2-3 pm
Join artist Keiko Shintani for a special visit to her downtown Toronto weaving studio. Shintani will offer a demonstration on her traditional Japanese four harness counterbalance loom and share the techniques and philosophies that underpin her work. | TMC Members and Students $35, Non-members $45*

*Advance registration is required for all ticketed events as space is limited. Register at textilemuseum.ca/programs or call 416-599-5321 x2228.

The TMC offers touch tours for blind and partially sighted visitors. Please contact Education Programs Coordinator Susan Fohr at sfohr@textilemuseum.ca or 416-599-5321 x2228 for more information.

Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles is made possible through the lead sponsorship of the William R. and Shirley Beatty Charitable Foundation. Exhibition programs are supported by The Japan Foundation.

Images
LEFT: Unmarried young woman’s formal kimono (furisode), detail, T85.0848
RIGHT: Material for bedding (futonji), detail, T84.0001


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Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5
textilemuseum.ca
416.599.5321


About the Textile Museum of Canada

The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) is the only museum in Canada that explores ideas and builds cultural understanding through the universally relevant media of textiles. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Museum’s permanent collection spans nearly 2,000 years and consists of more than 13,000 artifacts. The Textile Museum of Canada presents rotating exhibitions, changed throughout the year. Exhibitions draw from TMC’s collection and present the work of local, national and international contemporary artists. The TMC also host touring exhibitions and guest curators through various partnerships and collaborations.

The Textile Museum of Canada is a non-profit cultural and internationally renowned educational institution, which marked its 40th anniversary in 2015. A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the TMC has been recognized the world over for innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.

Open seven days a week, the TMC is located steps from the St. Patrick subway station and just a few blocks from Toronto City Hall and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The TMC Shop specializes in textile related merchandise including books and toys and globally sourced artist-designed and artist-made products such as scarves and jewelry. More information about the Museum and its exhibitions can be found online at textilemuseum.ca