Shin Jidai: Contemporary Japanese Book and Paper Arts
May 19 – July 15, 2012
“Shin Jidai” was a juried exhibition of works from over 45 regional, national and international artists, highlighting such traditional Japanese artistic practices as moku hanga (watercolor woodcut printing), origami, kirigami (paper cutting), hand papermaking, paper and fabric marbling/decorating, unique artist’s books, calligraphy, brush painting and more.
“Shin Jidai” was part of the Harukaze Festival of Japanese Book and Paper Arts — a coordinated exhibition between Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM). The Harukaze (“spring wind”) Festival welcomed hundreds of visitors to a day-long community open house with hands-on artmaking activities for youth and adults; professional artist demonstrations of traditional Japanese art forms; and three terrific exhibitions of artwork that reflected the contemporary use and evolution of traditional Japanese artistic practices.