Talk & Demonstration: Origami Fast Forward
Meet the artist and hands-on activities 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm; Presentations at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm, North Court
Origami's not what it used to be. Here's your chance to learn what's new about this ancient art from one of the world's best-known origami artists and scholars. A frequent exhibitor at galleries and museums and the author of three acclaimed books, Peter Engel draws his subject matter from the worlds of nature, mythology, and play. Inspired equally by the minimalist Japanese arts of calligraphy, brush painting, and Zen garden design and by contemporary developments in art and science, Engel captures the essence of his subjects in compositions that are evocative, abstract, and strikingly modern.
Families can stop by anytime to meet the artist, see his latest designs, purchase signed copies of his books in the museum store, and participate in hands-on paperfolding led by museum volunteers. Engel will also conduct a thirty minute slide presentation to share his design secrets and reflect on the artistic, scientific, and philosophical ideas that have given new life to this traditional art form.
Engel's newest book, Origami Odyssey: A Journey to the Edge of Paperfolding has been lauded by artists, scientists, and designers including the Asian Art Museum's own Melissa Rinne, Associate Curator of Japanese Art; evolutionary biologist Niles Eldredge of the Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History; and Tom Rockwell, Director of Exhibits at the Exploratorium.
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