November at Morikami Features Film Screening, Fascinating Lecture and Numerous Cultural Workshops

Delray Beach, Fla. — November is the perfect time to experience Japanese culture at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens! Guests can examine the life of Felix Tikotin in a special screening of Tikotin, A Life Devoted to Japanese Art, presented in collaboration with the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and Mandel JCC. Plus, visitors can learn about the intricacies of Japanese craft and design at the Morikami’s latest installment in its Speaker Series or dive into a variety of cultural workshops. See below for a full list of the month’s events.

New Exhibit!
September 30, 2014 — January 18, 2015
Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form, and Function
Japanese Design for the Senses comprises three distinct exhibitions highlighting the beauty, form, and function that is inherent to Japanese craft and design. Each component features objects designed and crafted to be both beautiful and functional. Examples include an array of exquisite works, from folding screen paintings and lacquer boxes, to handcrafted lamps, benches, and step chests, all of which are as impressive in their design as they are in their craftsmanship and functionality.

Touch of Gold: Lacquerware Boxes and the Paintings of Elaine Ehrenkranz
For over forty years, the abstract expressionist painter Elaine Ehrenkranz formed a comprehensive collection of magnificent Japanese lacquerware boxes ranging in date from the 15th- to the mid-19th centuries. A large portion of her collection was donated to the Harvard University Art Museums in 1997, with the remaining masterpieces gifted to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in 2013. Touch of Gold features her remarkable gift to the Morikami.

Ma: Defining Space: Studio Furniture of Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
A built-in storage system comprised of staggered shelves, chigai-dana first appeared inside shoin-style homes in the Kamakura era (1192 — 1333), replacing the freestanding, portable bookcases that were used to store and display scrolls, books, tea utensils and other decorative objects. A companion to the tokonoma, an alcove in which hanging scrolls and other objects of art are decoratively displayed, chigai-dana is an integral part of Japanese domestic architecture. Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji’s timeless, elegant shelving and storage systems accentuate the simple yet refined beauty of form and function that is the essence of Japanese design and furniture aesthetics. This exhibition was organized by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Katachi: The Essence of Aesthetic Form and Function in Japanese Furniture
Katachi embodies the hallmark of Japanese aesthetics: a harmonious balance of beautiful form, fine workmanship, and practical functionality. This exhibition draws upon the Morikami’s collection of 19th and 20th-century Japanese furnishings, including decorative folding screens, storage chests, lamps, and many other examples of fine Japanese design and craftsmanship. Also on view are several pieces made by renowned furniture maker George Nakashima (1905 — 1990), a leading innovator of 20th-century furniture design and one of the founders of the American Craft Movement.

Tea Ceremony Workshop
Day: Saturday, November 1
Time: 1pm — 3pm
Cost: $40 (Advance registration required)
Learn the basics of sado — “the way of tea” — and the foundation of Japanese tea ceremony. Master Soei Chieko Mihori will teach participants the proper etiquette for a guest invited to tea ceremony. This workshop is a prerequisite for Tea Ceremony Class.

Sado Tea Ceremony Class
2-week session: Sunday, November 2 & 16
Time: Individual appointments begin at 10:15am
Cost: $55 (members $50; advance registration required)
Learn to perform traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of Master Soei Chieko Mihori. Tea Ceremony Workshop (offered in November, January and March) is a prerequisite for this class.

To register, please call 561-495-0233 x210.

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo School
3-week session: Tues., Nov. 4, 18, 25
Time: 1pm — 3pm
Class fee: $52.50 (members $45; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $45 payable to instructor
Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. The Ikenobo School is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of Ikenobo, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy.

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Floral
3-week session: Thurs., Nov. 6, 13, 20
Time: 10:30am- 12:30pm
Class fee: $45 (members $41; advance registration required)
Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to capture the beauty of flowers and bamboo.
Required materials: May be purchased at the Museum Store and are listed on www.morikami.org.

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Landscape
3-week session: Thurs., Nov. 6, 13, 20
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Class fee: $45 (members $41; advance registration required)
Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to mimic sweeping landscapes.
Required materials: May be purchased at the Museum Store and are listed on www.morikami.org.

The Legacy of Japan’s Historical Cabinetry
Talk by David Jackson
Date: Friday, November 7
Time: 7:15pm, museum doors open 6pm
Cost: $10 ($7 for members); advance ticket purchase required
Using historical and contemporary imagery, Mr. Jackson talks about the depth of traditional Japanese cabinetry and its lasting beauty and influence. The evolution of cabinetry from rolling trunks to clothing chests and fascinating step-chests will be considered in the context of social change during the Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods.

Family Fun Days: Origami at Yamato-kan
Day: Saturday, November 8
Time: 12pm — 3pm
Cost: Free with paid museum admission
Learn one simple origami project to take home.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in collaboration with the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and Mandel JCC present the film Tikotin, A Life Devoted to Japanese Art
Day: Wednesday, November 12
Time: 7pm, museum doors open at 6pm
Cost: $10 ($7 for members); advance ticket purchase required

Felix Tikotin (1893-1986): sophisticate, bon vivant, egocentric and pioneer in collecting Japanese art. By the early 1930s, he drew together an impressive collection of Japanese woodcuts, prints, paintings and ceramics. As a Jew, Tikotin fled from Berlin to Holland, where he and his family survived the war in hiding. In this gripping documentary, Tikotin’s grandson Jaron Borensztajn interviews Tikotin’s family members and friends in Israel and across Europe to unravel his grandfather’s complicated past. A portrait emerges of a charismatic, strong, but also headstrong man whose family always came second to his pursuit of art. Today, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art shines on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.

A discussion led by Morikami’s Chief Curator, Tamara Joy, will follow the film.

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School
2-week session: Friday, November 14 & 21
Time: 1:30pm — 3:30pm
Class fee: $35 (members $30; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $20

Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of the contemporary Sogetsu School, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy.

Demonstrations of Sado: The Way of Tea
Day: Saturday, November 15
Time: Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission

Observe Japanese sado, “the way of tea,” an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. The true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet can bring a calm perspective into a busy life.
Individual reservations are not necessary. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. For more information please call 561-495-0233 x210.

Introductory Japanese Language Intensive Workshop I
2-day workshop: Sat., Nov. 22 & Dec. 6
Time: 1pm — 5pm
Cost: $80 (advance registration required)
Introduction to Japanese language covering the basics and lessons 1 and 2 of Japanese for Busy People I.
Required materials: Japanese for Busy People I (revised 3rd edition, kana version).

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit www.morikami.org or call 561-495-0233.