New Post-Symposium Tour to see Kay Sekimachi Retrospective in San Diego

San Diego, CA
September 14, 2014

Kay Sekimachi Retrospective and behind-the-scenes Asian textiles at the Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park

Location: San Diego, CA
Limited to 20 participants

8:00am – 7:00pm (please note this tour includes a 2-3 hour bus ride from Los Angeles to San Diego and back)

Tour Description
Spend the day with TSA visiting textile exhibits and collections at the renowned Mingei International Museum in beautiful Balboa Park, in the seaside city of San Diego, California, located approximately 2 hours south of Los Angeles. The day begins at the Mingei where we are joined by Curator Signe Mayfield for a guided tour of her new exhibition “In the Realm of Nature: Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi.” The exhibition pays tribute to two of America’s most distinguished pioneers in contemporary craft. Kay Sekimachi (1926-) has been termed the weaver’s weaver, while her late husband Bob Stocksdale (1913-2003) has been hailed as the Father of American woodturning. Kay and Bob married in 1972 and lived in Berkeley, CA.  Seen together, the works by this creative couple are poetically resonant, reflecting a reverence for nature through their purity of form and truth to materials. The exhibition groups together over 120 pieces in decades from the 1950s to the present. Kay may be present during the tour to sign books and answer questions.

Lunchtime allows time for participants to stroll famous Balboa Park, a 1200-acre urban cultural park of luxurious vegetation and museums set in historic Spanish Colonial Revival style buildings, created by architect Bertram Goodhue  for the Panama-California Exposition of in 1915-16.

In the early afternoon we return to the Mingei and join collections manager Sarah Winston for a behind-the-scenes viewing of highlights of the museum’s rarely seen Asian textiles, including Japanese and Central Asian pieces. Next we take reserved seats in the museum auditorium for a lecture by costume historian Melissa Leventon. We then return by bus to Los Angeles.

Please note, this tour will take the full day: with early departure in the morning, and planned return to UCLA between 6:30- 7:00pm.  Because of traffic, participants should plan for some flexibility. Also, please note that the UCLA Symposium housing does not allow for a Sunday overnight stay, so participants will need to checkout BEFORE departure for San Diego (Suitcases may be left at UCLA for pick up in the evening).

The tour price includes transportation, entrance to museum, guided tour and lecture, and water and snacks for the trip. Lunch is not included.

Expert Guides:
Signe Mayfield, Independent Scholar, Guest Curator of “In the Realm of Nature: Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi,” Mingei International Museum

Sarah Winston, Textiles Collections Manager, Mingei International Museum
Possible Special participation by Kay Sekimachi

Melissa Leventon, freelance scholar and catalogue author

Kay Sekimachi: Born in 1926 in San Francisco. Kay Sekimachi’s objects are at once simple yet crafted with an astounding complexity of detail. Her work, which started as weavings and wall hangings, has evolved into many different and distinct permutations, often creating new versions of familiar shapes and forms, such as her woven boxes, which she began making in the 1970s, or her ethereal flax and loosely woven baskets and bowls. She attended California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland. Since the 1960s, her fiber work has been exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including solo exhibitions at the Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California, and at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles. Kay Sekimachi lives and works in Berkeley, California. She received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 2002.

This is a post-symposium tour. To register you will first need to register for TSA’s biennial symposium in Los Angeles.