Category Archives: Sculpture

Oshogatsu Family Festival – 1/8/12, LA

Oshogatsu JANM


Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Dragon with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, and exciting cultural activities and performances.”

Some highlights: Mochitsuki (traditional mochi pounding ceremony), shi shi mai (traditional lion dance) and taiko performance, onigiri contest, dragon sculpture candy, and zaru soba!

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 11am-5pm

JANM Target Free Family Saturday – LA, 11/12/11

JANM Target Free Family Saturday

If you want to participate in a workshop, make sure to sign up ahead of time!


Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family. This month’s theme is green living. Keep checking back for more information!

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.”

On the schedule for Saturday:

“11AM – Doors open

11AM – Recycled puppets drop-in activity. Create your own puppets made from recycled resources including bottles, chopsticks, plastic utensils, cardboard, and other materials (while supplies last)

12PM – Growing green drop-in activity. Kids and families will have the opportunity to grow small plants to take home (while supplies last)

12PM – Paper Mache Planet Earth workshop. Create and paint your very own planet Earth out of paper mache (limit 20 students)

1 – 4PM – Kidding Around the Kitchen will help you make your own “Save the Planet” seasonal salad

1PM – Paper mache planet Earth workshop (limit 20 students)

1PM – Mottainai* Tenegui* workshop. Create a colorful tenegui towel of your own (limit 25 students)

2PM – Special performance! “Order to Go” is a fun show focusing on the environmental impact of single-use take out containers and utensils!

3PM – Paper mache planet Earth workshop (limit 20 students)

3PM – Mottainai Tenegui workshop (limit 25 students)

3:30PM – Learn the “mottainai” dance

4PM – Doors close”

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Saturday, 11/12/11, 11am-4pm

Bossy Bear Signing – LA, 7/9/11

Bossy Bear Signing

“Giant Robot is proud to host a signing of Bossy Bear Kaiju by David Horvath

This special event will take place on July 9 from 3-5 p.m. There is no guest list or ticketing required, but signing will be limited to the items purchased at GR2.

The “Monster Bossy Bear” is released by Toy2R. As the toy press release states, “Two versions will be released in the assortment – the Classic Blue and the Roseus (or Pink) edition. Fans should be on the look out for variant versions within the assortment as one can never be sure what mood Bossy will be in.” We’ll be sure to have them both on-hand.

David Horvath is half of the creative duo behind Uglydoll, which recently signed on to do a Hollywood animation project.”

Yukinori Dehara: Worldwide Panty Flash – LA, 7/2/11-7/27/11


“Giant Robot is proud to host World Wide Panty Flash, paper clay sculptures by Yukinori Dehara.

We’ve featured Japanese artist, Yukinori Dehara annually and his exhibitions range from being touching to grotesque. Yet like most artists, he has a deep ideology behind his pieces although to the casual observer, they look like fun.

Panchira means panty flash.

In Yukinori Dehara’s words, ‘It sometimes takes a candid shot of the panty and the uncle is arrested though it is a shameful thing. Panchira is an important part of Japanese culture for men. People want panchira animation, idol, and figures because we can’t watch panchira at real world.’ ‘It is always noted in the commuter train and the town. I made figures imagining a lot of situations of panchira, so I love panchira.’

An opening reception for the artists will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 pm on Saturday, July 2, 2011.”

Ongoing Bali exhibit at the Asian Art Museum, SF, 2/25/11 – 9/11/11

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance brings the art and artists of this special Indonesian island to San Francisco so that you can experience firsthand its culture, beliefs, and practices. See not only artworks but explore the context in which they were made and used, as the museum comes alive with the kinds of music and performance that fill Balinese ritual life.

The 131 artworks on view—many borrowed from international collections and never before seen in the U.S.—range from simple, yet deftly woven images of the rice goddess to elaborately carved and gilded chairs. Shadow puppetry, gamelan performances, masked dances, and more provide a museum experience as unique and mesmerizing as Bali itself.”

Noguchi: California Legacy – Laguna Beach, 6/12/11 – 10/2/11

Noguchi: California Legacy

“Isamu Noguchi (b. Los Angeles, 1904; d. New York, 1988) is an internationally celebrated Japanese-American artist and designer. Noguchi: California Legacy is comprised of three parts that examine the impact Noguchi had in California: 1) California Scenario: The Courage of the Imagination based on Noguchi’s South Coast Plaza sculpture garden commissioned by Henry T. Segerstrom thirty years ago; 2) What is Sculpture? Akari from the Venice Biennale, from the 1986 Venice Biennale exhibit in which Noguchi, that year’s United States Representative, exhibited his Akari light sculptures; and 3) Noguchi at Gemini G.E.L., consisting of the sculpture multiples that Noguchi created in 1982 at atelier Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles.”

  • WHERE: Laguna Art Museum
    307 Cliff Drive Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • WHEN: Sunday, 6/12/11 – Sunday, 10/2/11
  • HOW MUCH: General admission: $12.00
    Students and seniors: $10.00
    Thursdays and Saturday 5:00-9:00 p.m. June 12-September 5, 2011: $5.00
    Active military: FREE through September 5
    Children under 12: FREE
    Museum Members: FREE