Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty at the Japanese American National Museum

November 09 2014 . 10:40pm

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of everyone’s favorite expressionless cat, the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles is hosting the largest ever retrospective on Hello Kitty to be held in the United States. Titled “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty,” the exhibition encompasses a selection of rare and unique Hello Kitty-branded items chosen from the Sanrio archives, alongside contemporary artworks by artists including Buff Monster, Edwin Ushiro, Paul Frank and Kozyndan. Curated by Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, and Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of the Los Angeles pop culture boutique JapanLA, you can buy your tickets for this retrospective here before it ends in April 2015.

Photo by Brandon Shigeta
For more info please visit hypebeast.com

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Giant Robot Biennale 2 at Japanese American National Museum

October 24 2009 . 05:11am

Curated by Giant Robot co-founder and co-editor Eric Nakamura, this expanded follow-up to the 2007 exhibition Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues will highlight artists associated with the magazine over the past 15 years.

David Choe • James Jean • Souther Salazar • Theo Ellsworth • kozyndan • Stella Lai • Jack Long • Albert Reyes • Jeff Soto • Rob Sato • Deth P. Sun

Providing an overview of the Giant Robot aesthetic, this multi-faceted exhibition will celebrate the depth and diversity of perspectives found within the Giant Robot experience through a series of components that visually represents the magazine’s ethos.

GR2 includes installations by David Choe, James Jean, and Souther Salazar, in addition to works by Theo Ellsworth, kozyndan, Stella Lai, Jack Long, Albert Reyes, Jeff Soto, Rob Sato, and Deth P. Sun.

Other components feature a group show of more than 50 other artists; a retrospective for longtime magazine contributor Ben Clark; a tribute to the kaiju scene featuring collaborative works made by indie sculptor and artist Yukinori Dehara, UglyDolls co-creator David Horvath, and Portland-based underground toy legend LeMerde; and four custom videogames developed by the Attract Mode Collective in conjunction with some of Giant Robot’s favorite artists.

Opening Reception will begin at 6pm and is FREE to the public.

October 24, 2009 – January 24, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
janm.org
(213) 625-0414

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Photos from opening of: Glorious Excess (Dies) | Mike Shinoda

August 30 2009 . 03:13am

Congratulations to Mike Shinoda for an amazing show at Japanese American National Museum.

Glorious Excess (Dies): Paintings by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda
August 30 – October 4, 2009

Following his highly-successful 2008 show, Glorious Excess (Born), Mike Shinoda returns to the National Museum to unveil his latest collection of paintings and digital works. Larger, broader, and more sensational than before, Glorious Excess (Dies) is the next chapter in his series exploring society’s obsession with celebrity culture, consumer addiction, and fascination with excess.
Shinoda’s new works continue to evolve, blending his personal experiences in the spotlight with social commentary and fine art technique while expanding his signature visual vocabulary, juxtaposing symbols of death, money and sex against vibrant neo-pop imagery. In an age where superstardom dominates the media, Glorious Excess (Dies) immortalizes consumption, fame and wealth, challenging the viewer to question what is real.

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Glorious Excess (Dies): Paintings by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda + video

August 26 2009 . 04:37am

WHERE: Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles. 369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012.

WHEN: The free public opening is 8 to 10pm, August 29th. I will be signing Glorious Excess Merchandise during that time. Last year, there was a massive line, so show up early. After the 29th, the show will remain up until October 4th. Museum hours are:
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11 AM to 5 PM
Thursday: 12 PM to 8 PM (Check admission rates for Thursday free admission times)
(Although the opening is free…If you come after the 29th, there is a fee to get into the museum if you’re not a member. See their site for details.)

MERCHANDISE:
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY (ACCD Scholarship, Music For Relief)

Glorious Excess Book ($35) – 128 page full color book, documenting "Born" and "Dies," with full color images of all pieces from both shows, photographs of the making of the art, plus various texts describing the ideas and process. Foreward by Shepard Fairey.

Skate decks ($75 each, or $275 for the set of 4.) – Four new skate deck designs based on the new show.

Signed prints ($100) – These are SUPER limited (only 25). First come, first serve. One per buyer.

More info at: www.janm.org/exhibits/gloriousexcess/ and www.MikeShinoda.com

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Interview with Mike Shinoda by Andrew Michael Ford

August 17 2009 . 03:27pm

Mike Shinoda will be opening his second solo exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum on August 29th, entitled "Glorious Excess (Dies)."  If the success of his first solo at that Museum is any indication we are all in for quite a treat.  Shinoda was gracious enough to take a few moments out of his busy schedule to talk about his upcoming show, his music career and the exciting things which lay ahead for this gifted artist.

Read the rest of the interview on Juxtapoz.com

Find out more about Mr. Shinoda at: KnownGallery.com/Shinoda

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