2023/12/24: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center extends “Path of Brush & Ink” multi-lingual calligraphy exhibition until Dec. 24

Curated by Japanese American Cultural & Community Center’s Andrew Mellon Community Curatorial Fellow, Julie Zhu, JACCC presents the exhibition “Path of Brush & Ink” featuring calligraphy written by Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Sanskrit at George J. Doizaki Gallery, 244 S. San Pedro Street, 1st Floor Lobby, Los Angeles, CA 90012 from Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023  – Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023.

Gallery Hours are: Monday: Closed. Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

The Silk Road was initiated from Chang’an during Western Han (206 BCE – 9 CE) through exploration reaching the Mediterranean Sea via the Central Asian countries, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.

For the first time, this road connected Eastern and Western societies. It also gave Europeans their first taste of the mysterious Oriental culture. The city of Los Angeles is a destination along the contemporary Silk Road, a road that has never ended, but has continued from different directions-Punjab to Seville, Chang’an to Nara, and now to Los Angeles. The route of commerce, language, and art intermingles as they journey down this path.

The exhibition titled “Path of Brush & Ink” is an anthology of traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Sanskrit calligraphy. Calligraphy, as an important part of cultural exchange, after being introduced to different countries, underwent tremendous innovation as the language and script changed.

The exhibition is also a collaboration with the National Historic Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) “Los Angeles Issei Poetry Collection”, which reinterprets the haiku written by the first generation of Japanese Americans in the early 20th century in a modern way.

The “Path of Brush & Ink” will be a month-long exhibition that explores the brilliant influences that calligraphy presents in different countries, cultures, and artistic pursuits towards their respective aesthetic tendencies.

Artists: Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai, Kyungja Oh, Sung Yong Tark, Yufu Zhu, Bishop Yuju Matsumoto