BOISE ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art July 1, 2023 – January 28, 2024
A new exhibition, Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art, will open at the Boise Art Museum (BAM), beginning Saturday, July 1, 2023. The exhibition will feature seven national and international artists who share fresh perspectives on katazome—a centuries-old Japanese textile-dyeing process and artform using rice-paste resist and stencils.
The artists in Katazome Today present a range of pictorial imagery, and non-traditional expressions such as large-scale installations and freeform painting techniques, relating katazome to themes of personal identity, shifting environments, and the globalization impacting the cultural landscapes of their home countries. The works preserve an endangered traditional technique while envisioning endless possibilities for dynamic cultural exchange.
Artists included in the exhibition: Akemi Nakano Cohn (Chicago), Melinda Heal (Canberra, Australia), Fumiyo Imafuku (Japan), Cheryl Lawrence (Washington), John Marshall (California), Yuken Teruya (New York/Berlin), and Mika Toba (Japan).
Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art was organized by the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington
Amy Chaloupka, Whatcom Museum Curator of Art
Seiko Purdue, Western Washington University Professor of Fiber and Fabrics
This exhibition at the Boise Art Museum has been made possible in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Idaho Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities