Morikami Announces New Spring Exhibit

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After 35 years of dedicated service to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Cultural Director and Senior Curator Tom Gregersen will step down from full-time exhibit curating and cultural guidance of the organization. But before he says “sayonara,” Gregersen will share some favorite objects from the museum’s treasure vault in The Curator’s Farewell Exhibition: Cool Stuff from the Morikami Museum’s Collection. Items will be on display through May 19. From art to unusual objects of everyday living, this exhibition will explore the meaning of each object and what it means to Gregersen about Japan, while presenting the personal stories of adventure and triumph that lie behind them all. “In one way or another, all of these objects possess a special attraction or connotation for me personally, whether they delight me, surprise me, or cause me to wonder,” Gregersen said. “I’m looking forward to sharing this special collection with the Morikami visitors who have supported the museum and me over the years.” The collection will feature various 18th and 19th century art like clay dolls, neolithic Jōmon Period ceramics, glazed stoneware and porcelain. Visitors will also have the chance to indulge in interesting 19th and 20th century objects from the daily life of the Japanese, like a Ceremonial Sake Cask (Tsunodaru), Picnic Lunch Kit (Sagejōbako) and other pieces of furniture. Some objects will be seen for the first time and others are old friends, revealing a culture that is dynamic, design-conscious, and imaginative. 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 visit www.morikami.org or call 561-495-0233.