2015 / Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden lecture “Japanese Bamboo Baskets” Oct. 1

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

New Monthly Lecture Series at the Garden: “Aspects of Japanese Art” with Meher McArthur

Meher McArthur

Meher McArthur

Japanese art historian Meher McArthur will draw from her 20 years of experience researching and curating Japanese art to present a series of lectures discussing aspects of Japanese traditional and contemporary art.

The series will relate to local collections and exhibitions of Japanese art to help attendees to more fully appreciate the Japanese art on view close to home.

Lecture 1

Twists and Turns: The Evolution of Japanese Bamboo Baskets

Thursday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Free with $10 Admission

Reservations Needed

For thousands of years, the Japanese have woven bamboo into utilitarian baskets for storing and preparing food.

In the first millennium, special flower baskets were made to hold offerings at Buddhist temples and in the 15th century, woven bamboo flower containers moved into the secular realm with the evolution of the tokonoma decorative alcove in residences and the increasing popularity of the tea ceremony.

With Japan’s Westernization in the late 19th century and late 19th century and the increased used of plastic containers after WWII, the craft of bamboo basket making has declined but in the last few decades, thanks to the support of the Japanese government and the patronage of many international collectors, Japanese bamboo basket making is experiencing a rebirth, and many incredible works of woven bamboo are now being seen in museum exhibitions worldwide.

Local Relevance:

Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana – September 19, 2015 through January 3, 2016

Japanese Bamboo and the World Expo: A Century of Discovery, San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden, September 12, 2015 – December 6, 2015

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena CA 91105



Lecture 2
The Wonders of Japan’s Woodblock Prints
Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Free with $10 Admission
Reservations Needed