The Coronado Public Library and the Mingei International Museum are collaborating to present a pop-up exhibition called “Around the World with Mingei International Museum.” The exhibit showcases costumes, crowns and headdresses from the Mingei’s permanent collection. The objects are wide-ranging in both geography and form, with works from Japan, Central Asia, Western Africa and the United States. The Mingei is currently closed for renovation.
Speaking about objects in the exhibit, Rob Sidner, the Mingei’s executive director said: “a number have special resonance for the Crown City and many of which will appeal to both young people and adults. We thank our new friends at Coronado Public Library for their help in bringing this event to pass.”
Library visitors will find a samurai uniform and jingasa (hat with a wide flat brim) alongside objects representing the importance of tea and portability in Japan. See clothing and adornment—including hair ornaments, necklaces and rings, belts, armbands and embroidered hats that paint a picture of Central Asian Turkmen women. View elaborately beaded, cone-shaped crowns and headdresses, which are important symbols of kingship among the Yoruba people, and awe over a dress made entirely of cigar silk bands that represents the United States and was the inspiration for the Museum’s rebrand.
“This sampling of arts and crafts from around the world will be an attraction for residents and visitors alike. We are pleased to partner with Mingei to bring such a high-quality celebration of human creativity to Coronado,” said Shaun Briley, Coronado Public Library Director.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase highlights from our permanent collection--some of which are Mingei fan favorites while others have never been on view--to the wonderful Coronado community and their visitors,” said Barbara Forsyth, Museum’s Senior Manager of Collections and Exhibitions. “This pop-up exhibition provides a glimpse into the daily and ceremonial life of four different cultures across the globe, and includes a variety of costumes, headgear, jewelry, and more.”