“HOME” Art Installation Opens at Boston Children’s Museum

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Created by the Art Thinking Project at Tohoku University of Art & Design in Japan, the Exhibit Explores How “Home” Shapes and Defines

Home Gallery Exhibit

Creating a space of such experience for our visitors is important to understanding Japan today, especially in a historic house exhibit like the Japanese House which tends to heavily present more traditional cultural elements.

Boston Children’s Museum will open HOME, an exhibit that explores the meaning and influence of home from the perspective of Japanese students on Friday, March 2. The exhibit will showcase artwork created by the students of the “Art Thinking” project team at Tohoku University of Art & Design (TUAD) in Japan. This is their sixth annual international friendship project bringing their art exhibition and hands-on activity programs to Boston.

Using the theme HOME, the artists encourage Museum visitors to explore how home shapes identity, a sense of belonging, and responsibility toward others. This gallery exhibition asks the visitors “What is the definition of home to you?” and “What makes your home special?”

In this gallery exhibition, located next to the Museum’s Japanese House exhibit, an authentic 100-year old house from Kyoto, Japan, the artworks will share the ideas of today’s multifaceted youth culture of Japan, and demonstrate each individual’s thoughts and narratives. Through their art expressions, they share their unique own identities and stories.

Akemi Chayama, the Museum’s Japan Program Manager said, “Creating a space of such experience for our visitors is important to understanding Japan today, especially in a historic house exhibit like the Japanese House which tends to heavily present more traditional cultural elements. Our visitors have a chance to be exposed to the complexity of how various identities develop even within a culture today.”    

The Art Thinking project is part of TUAD’s school curricula and research to create a space for community building through art experience. Artists in this show are students from the Tohoku region of Japan, where many of them witnessed and experienced the loss of homes and hometowns during the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Through the art, these students search for the meaning of home and welcome Museum visitors to share ideas.

On the Gallery opening day March 2nd, there will be a special meet the artists program and hands-on workshop between 6:00-8:00pm.

The art installation is scheduled to run Friday, March 2 – Sunday, September 30.

For additional information, please visit http://www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org.

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