Bakersfield Museum of Art – They Swim, Fly, Wiggle, Walk or Slither: The Hidden Code of Animals in Japanese Art – an exhibit from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford. The exhibition runs from March 11 through May 30.
The current exhibitions at the Bakersfield Museum of Art are including an elegant Japanese depiction in art focusing on animals and their hidden, special meaning in the Japanese culture.
The exhibit from the Clark Center is a rich and breath-taking view of animals in Japanese art. The Bakersfield Museum of Art offers this exhibit to the community who may not have traveled to the Clark Center.
Many school tours have come to see this exhibit as it gives children a wonderful sense of how animals are integrated into Japanese art and culture.
Animals play a significant role in Japanese art, not only in paintings, prints and textiles but also in decorative arts like lacquer ware and ceramics. Japanese fauna is rich with animals like the carp and rooster which carry symbolic significance.
This exhibit showcases this fascinating and beautiful depiction of flora and fauna with stunning works focusing on animals that hold special meaning and position in Japanese culture.
Bakersfield Museum of Art is located at 1930 R Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301, (661) 323-7219, www.bmoa.org
Hours:Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 12-4pm, Closed Monday (except for business services) and holidays.
Admission: Members – Free, Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Students $2. Every third Friday of the month, all admission free.
The Bakersfield Museum of Art is the only accredited art museum in the southern San Joaquin Valley and the museum has been making efforts to expand their diversity of exhibits, to reach out to various cultures.
The museum has been in existence since 1956 and is funded mainly through sponsorships, donations, grants and admissions.
YouTube Video: Andreas Marks, director and chief curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, explains about the exhibition, The Hidden Code of Animals in Japanese Art.
They Swim, Fly, Wiggle, Walk or Slither: The Hidden Code of Animals in Japanese Art is originally an exhibit at the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, September 2 – November 15, 2008