Art Historian, Barbara Johns had the exceptional opportunity to interview Akio Takamori over the last year and a half of his life. She will talk about their conversations, Akio’s stories of his life, and his art work. She will be joined by Patti Warashina who knew Akio as a colleague and friend, and Vicky Takamori, who will share stories of Akio as a husband and father, and his studio on Vashon. This partner event is co-sponsored by Mukai Farm and Garden.
Barbara Johns is an art historian, curator, and author, with a doctorate in art history from the University of Washington. She was formerly the chief curator of the Tacoma Art Museum and previously held curatorial positions at the Seattle Art Museum. She also served as executive director of Pilchuck Glass School. Her scholarship in recent years has focused on Issei, or immigrant-generation Japanese American, artists in Seattle.
Her books include The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness (2017); Signs of Home: The Paintings and Wartime Diary of Kamekichi Tokita (2011); Paul Horiuchi: East and West (2008), and most recently, Kenjiro Nomura, American Modernist (2021). She is the curator of Witness to Wartime: The Painted Diary of Takuichi Fujii, which opened at the Washington State History Museum in 2017 and is touring nationally until 2024.
Patti Warashina was born in Spokane, Washington, in 1940. She earned her BFA and MFA from the University of Washington in 1962 and 1964. After teaching 30 years, 25 of them at University of Washington, she retired as Professor Emerita in 1995. Warashina has a long and respected resume in the arts. Her honors include: Smithsonian’s 2020 Visionary Artist Award (Smithsonian Women’s Committee); 2018 United States Artists Fellowship; American Craft Council Fellow; the Twining Humber Lifetime Achievement Award; the University of Washington Distinguished Alumnus Award; the Governor’s Award of Special Commendation for the Arts; and twice won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is included in national and international collections, including the Seattle and Tacoma Art Museums; Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Art and Design, New York; L.A. County Museum of Art; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Japan; and The Art Gallery of Western Australia at the Perth Cultural Center. In 2012 and 2013, Warashina was honored with two retrospective exhibitions celebrating her 50-year career in ceramics, at the American Museum of Ceramic Arts (Pomona, CA) and Bellevue Art Museum (Bellevue, WA), along with a published book, Wit and Wisdom, about her life’s work.
In conjunction with this talk, VCA gallery is showing a collection of Akio Takamori’s work curated by his wife, Vicky. Gallery hours are Wed – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm or view online HERE
May 7 at 2PM
$17 Youth (18-) or Senior (65+)
Proof of COVID vaccination (or recent negative test) required.
Masks required while not consuming concessions.
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The event is co-presented with Mukai Farm and Gardens and made possible in part from a grant by Humanities WA.