Worcester Art Museum Samurai! Reception Photos


Worcester Art Museum presents Samurai! 

For the many who won't be able to make it or for the many who did enter the doors on April 17th for the reception, here are some photos and some thoughts from the exhibition. First it's a no brainer that I have to thank to the Museum staff for their hard work. Second, the show design is amazing. The room evidently was always used as a white box, but we transformed it into a new environment. There's no single direction. Instead it's purposefully an exhibition that let's you create your own narrative. Reception sponsorship thanks to Julia Huang of InterTrend! (Flickr Folder of Photos)

The wall on the right is the text I had to write that took much longer than expected. The kanji is "samurai."

I like to see the room filled. It worked well with a crowd in it. The circulation was nice and people seemed into it. 

It looks great from the outside as well.

This is the courtyard of the museum. It's indoors of course and it's the crowd that gathered to watch Taiko and the band, The Rice Cookers.

The main entrance.

The view from back to front has the opposite feel. It's much more muted and mellow - another design element. 

I had a give a talk for the docents. They are the most important people who interface with the visitors.

Taking a look at Jed Henry's woodblock pieces and Yuko Shimizu's wall piece.

Had to post a photo with Shawn Cheng and Adam Reed Rozan. Much thanks to ARR. I met him at the Oakland Museum when he was there years ago, and he left before the SuperAwesome show, but then I got to work with him closely at Worcester Art Museum. 

It's James McShane who made the trip from Providence.

A school class doing an interview and report. I like the fact that the on camera talent is an Indian woman.

Action Geek! We talked shop about publishing. The dude knew all about it.

Oh my... way back GR readers. Way back.

Matthias Waschek - Director, Shawn Cheng - artist, Myself, Jon Seydl - Head Curator.

Oh my ran into the Duncan Stewart Clan who brought me a ton of photos from Biennale 2 at JANM.

The arrow and spear heads. 

The Mu Pan piece behind shakuhachi playing at the tatami mats.

The view of a chest protector, Yuko Shimizu, and Miya Ando.

The Rice Cookers!


2 comments


  • Duncan

    The juxtaposition of 14th Century armor and 21st Century video game references is really well done; meticulous craft, bold colors and a respect for history, with the attendees ranging from middle-school to museum board.

    Great food from Nom Nom Hut, too! Homemade gyoza and Mac-I rolls (fried mac&cheese w’ bacon, or sriracha chicken in wonton wrappers : Gaijin’s Revenge!)

    Missed the samurai demonstrations, alas .. They were just sheathing their katana as I headed out the door.


  • Pete Beaudoin

    Eric, great to meet you at the show. Beautiful art, cool time. Also thanks for visiting our store, (That’s Entertainment.)
    I still miss your magazine. Need the movie, music, toy, and art suggestions!
    -pete


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