MAP exhibition at Cherry Blossom Festival and SOMArts!

A HUGE THANKS to everyone who stopped by our MAP installation at the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown on Saturday April 9th, and our second installation the following day Sunday the 10th at SOMArts! Both days were a great success and some really amazing interactions took place. Below are some pics and info on the events.

SOMArts Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Mobile Arts Platform(MAP) presents a pop-up exhibition in conjunction with the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festivalon April 9th 2011, from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. This one-day-only exhibit will focus on participatory artwork and fine art installations by local Japanese–American artists as well as Bay Area artists who practice art forms rooted in the cultural traditions of Japan. Individuals and families who attend the festival can participate in the production of artwork through live origami lessons with Bay Area Rapid Folders(BARF) teacher Jeremy Shafer, hands-on perfume making instruction designed by Yosh Han, ceramics demonstrations and instruction on Japanese tea bowl creation by ceramicist Kate Stirr, and haiku practice sessions on a bank of twelve antique typewriters provided by Viracocha SF and led by Silvi Alcivar and The Poetry Storeand read them aloud using the MAP PA system.

Additionally, visitors can experience the artwork of MAP lead artists Peter Foucault, and Chris Treggiari, as well as hanging scroll etchings by Seiko Tachibana.  MAP invites people of all ages to join this participatory, multi-faceted installation, and experience art fueled by the creativity and energy of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

New work on exhibition include Yosh Han’s new Scent Piano – an interactive perfume installation where the viewer can experience a new Cherry Blossom fragrance commissioned for this event and deconstructed it into twelve components, all individually on display.  The viewer is invited to engage with them and mix and match the components, thereby creating his or her own variations on the theme and walking away with a sample of this new scent.

Additionally, origami master Jeremy Shafer, from Bay Area Rapid Folders (BARF), will be teaching participants to fold a newly designed cherry blossom flower with a stem based on a pentagonal paper base, as opposed to the conventional square paper base.  Students can then use this paper flower to dip into Yosh Han’s perfume components, creating blends of aromas in the shape of flowers, and arranging their own take-away displays. The flowers and perfumes produced will be photographed in a paper flower photo booth, and the day’s bouquet of images will be displayed in a virtual gallery at the event.

Mobile Arts Platform: Cherry Blossom Festival is the second in a series of five pop-up exhibitions presented by SOMArts Cultural Center and MAP in 2010–11.  Each exhibition is designed to deepen arts participation at city fairs and festivals and to make art accessible to all communities. On Sunday March 9, Mobile Arts Platform will bring activities and art from the Cherry Blossom Festival to SOMArts during SOMArts ALL ACCESS, a free open house from 2:00 PM–6:00 PM at 934 Brannan Street. Future events will be announced at www.somarts.organd at

This project is supported in part by the Community Arts & Education Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, as well as by the Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation.

SOMArts events are all FREE and to be held in the SOMArts Cultural Center Main Gallery and at off-site locations to be determined.

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