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Wed, Oct 04


Museum of Fine Arts Boston

MFA Toshiko Takaezu Exhibit Private Tour

Join JSB for a private tour of the MFA's Toshiko Takaezu exhibit!

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MFA Toshiko Takaezu Exhibit Private Tour
MFA Toshiko Takaezu Exhibit Private Tour

Time & Location

Oct 04, 2023, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA

About the event

In collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, we are excited to announce a private tour of the Toshiko Takaezu: Shaping Abstraction exhibit. JSB members and guests will enjoy an inside look at the exhibit's background and creation, guided by Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, who has been at the MFA for almost 20 years.

About the Exhibit:

Born in Hawaii to parents of Okinawan ancestry, Toshiko Takaezu (1922–2011) was a technically masterful and innovative artist best known for her ceramic sculptures, which she treated as abstract paintings in the round. Her gestural style, distinctive palettes, and complex layering of glazes align with the practices of Abstract Expressionists who were her contemporaries. Yet Takaezu added an element of chance as her pieces revealed their final colors only after firing. She often showed her ceramics in groups, sometimes with her equally innovative paintings and textiles, in carefully constructed arrangements that responded to their environments. This exhibition takes inspiration from these displays, tracing Takaezu’s development from potter to multimedia installation artist.

The MFA holds a significant collection of Takaezu’s pottery—more than 20 examples are featured here alongside loans from private collections. Highlights also include a large-scale weaving—a recent Museum acquisition—and a grouping of works exploring the artist’s cross-cultural interactions with contemporary Japanese ceramicists during her pivotal eight-month trip to Japan in 1955–56. In conjunction with the exhibition, additional displays on the third floor of the MFA’s Art of the Americas Wing and in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art juxtapose Takaezu with two of her friends: the ceramic artist Leza McVey and sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

Challenging traditional presentations of American abstraction, “Toshiko Takaezu: Shaping Abstraction” celebrates the extraordinary range of Takaezu’s work—aiming to make her contributions more widely known. It is organized in partnership with the Noguchi Museum and the Toshiko Takaezu Foundation.

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