Japan Style: The Art of Form and Function

White Gallery | April 1 - May 21, 2017

BUY ADMISSION

"Beauty is the harmony of purpose and form."     -Alvar Aalto

About the exhibition:

This exhibition will transport the viewer through time and space. From a traditional Japanese Tea Garden to virtual Japanese Seasons, enter the world of Japan through a selection of exquisite objects from the collection of Gregory Howell. This private collection reveals the many techniques and applications developed by artisans over hundreds of years. With a focus on works created during the 18th through 20th centuries, the objects represent the power and influence of form and function in daily life in Japan. 

Discover the many techniques and applications developed by Japanese artisans over hundreds of years. The collection of Gregory Howell focuses on works created during the 18th through 20th centuries. These objects represent the power and influence of form and function in daily life in Japan. Highlights include Hokkaido farmer’s clothing which uses textiles woven with natural grasses, ancient bamboo baskets from the mountain communities of Takayama, and a circular Edo Period lacquer ‘Jubako’ stacking lunch box from Kyoto. See contemporary ceramics from Japanese masters and other significant objects which were an integral part of life in Japan over the ages. Howell’s first encounter with Japan as a child fueled his passion for things Japanese. His Japanese art collection has been a work in progress for 40 years, and he is the 2006 Recipient of the Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation for his lifetime service to the nation of Japan.

Special events:  

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 1-4 pm:  Opening Reception -  free admission to the public, live caricature drawings by artist Riki Takaoka, and featured collectors on hand to speak with guests.

Friday, April 7, 2017 | 5-7 pm: First Friday Art Walk -  featuring complimentary refreshments, live caricature drawings by artist Riki Takaoka, and Kayoko Morton on the Japanese Koto sponsored by Black Hills Foundation.

Monday, April 24 | 2 - 4 pm: Taking Flight: International Sculpture Day celebrate ISDAY with free kite-making activities on the Arts Center campus. 

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 5-7 pm: First Friday Art Walk -  see the show for free, hear featured speaker Henry Wyeno, and enjoy complimentary refreshments including Japanese beer and whiskey samples during Downtown Pueblo's First Friday Art Walk sponsored by Paula & Jeff Chostner.

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 11 am - 4 pm: Children’s Day at the Buell Children’s Museum - celebrating a Japanese holiday which takes place annually on the fifth day of the fifth month as part of Golden Week.  This event is included in the price of admission. 

Sponsor(s):  Japan Style is made possible with the support of

 Drs. Reiko & Mark Clark  |  Gregory Howell  |  Kerrelyn & Charles Trent

 


Also showing at the Arts Center (click for more information): 

On Display Now (click image for more information): 

April 1 - May 21 

March 25 - May 21

March 25 - May 21