The Art of the Kimono

Exhibits // The Art of the Kimono

Mar 3 - Apr 30

Overview // San Luis Obispo Museum of Art enhances the understanding of heritage and celebrates diversity in San Luis Obispo County through art, multi-cultural events, and education. The Art of the Kimono, on display from March 3 – April 30 at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, features historic and contemporary kimonos on loan from the History Center of San Luis Obispo County and private collections.

The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment worn by men, women and children. These iconic robes, decorated with a seemingly infinite variety of designs, not only reflect fashion trends but reveal much about Japanese culture, history, and society. Made with exquisite craftsmanship and varying styles and patterns, kimonos are more than just robes – they are works of art.

Related Programming:
Mar 6–10, 2017: Yukata Kimono Workshop with master kimono maker Tsuyo Onodera and Maki Aizawa. Sign up online or by phone.

Saturday, March 11, 12–3 PM: Free Family Art Day. Make traditional kirigami sculptures and colorful carp kites.

Mar 12, 2017, 3–5 PM: Art Becomes You: Kimono Style Party in the Gray Wing. Dress artfully and learn about the history and artistry of Japanese kimonos with master kimono maker Tsuyo Onodera. Tickets $60 members, $80 general. Limited tickets – reserve yours today!

Tranquility Disrupted: Japanese Exclusion and San Luis Obispo County exhibition at the History Center of SLO County, on view through July 31, 2017.

April 17–21, 2017: Youth & Teen Spring Break Art Camps. Celebrate the arts of Japan. Sign up online or by phone. Scholarships available.

Details // A public opening reception of this exhibition will take place on Friday, March 3 from 6 – 9 PM.