Exhibit, Demonstrations and Films Push the Boundaries of Origami Starting May 1

April 17, 2014
Photo of Origami snail
Origami Snail created by Eric Joisel, France. Photo by Noriko Shiota Slusser.

Innovative Origami that will surprise and delight viewers will be presented by the Dilena Takeyama Center and the Art Gallery in the Cesar Chavez Student Center starting May 1.

“Movement in Paper: The Evolving Form of Origami” pushes the boundaries of Origami with creations that delight and inspire through their design, innovation, and interaction.

The collection brings together Bay Area locals and international Origami artists to showcase the transformation of Origami into modern paper sculpture from an ancient ceremonial art in Japan.

Today Origami extends beyond its traditional forms into the realm of contemporary sculpture. Arguably one of the forefathers of modern origami Akira Yoshizawa transformed the art from flat folded models to dimensional forms, breathing life and realism into his origami models.

The shift in modern Origami has opened up exploration through various modalities, some of which include an emphasis upon representational realism to the possibilities of advanced mathematics. These challenging puzzles are made without cuts or glue; their intricacies are due only to the manipulations of a single sheet of paper. In other instances, multiple parts are folded together to create modular frameworks that expand and contract.

The works included in “Movement in Paper” represent the diverse formats through which Origami now finds expression in cultures around the world.

Try your hand at folding, experience a cultural art form from Japan, and be amazed by the many dimensions of modern Origami. To RSVP for the Opening Day Events and Reception, please click here.


OPENING RECEPTION EVENTS - Thursday, May 1st, 5-8 pm

The event includes a film screening, interactive folding workshop, performance Origami, presentations, live music, and refreshments.

1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - Film screenings, “Between the Folds” (90 mins). Location: Richard Oakes Multicultural Library. “Between the Folds” is an award–winning documentary directed and produced by Vanessa Gould, chronicles the stories of ten fine artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers—all to forge unconventional lives as modern–day paper folders. Meet Chris Palmer, a featured artist in the film.

5:30 and 7:30 pm – Live and Interactive Origami Folding. Location: Richard Oakes Multicultural Conference Room. Featuring Linda T. Mihara - award winning origami artist and Goran Konjevod - origami artist/ designer.


Thursday, May 8th, 6:00 pm, “Movement in Asian Pop Art & Giant Robot with Eric Nakamura” Meet Eric Nakamura, curator of "SuperAwesome Art and Giant Robot" on exhibit at Oakland Museum of California. Hear about his journey with Japanese popular art as Giant Robot celebrates 20 years – transforming from a zine to collectors shop to a multiplatform art space for emerging Asian American and trans-Pacific artists.

Wednesday, May 14th, 6:00 pm, " Evolving Origami - A Hands-On Workshop” – Presentation and demonstration by Vicky Mihara Avery (origami educator). Discover the evolving art of origami from a Japanese traditional craft to a contemporary art that explores new forms and inventions and reaches an international audience.

Presented by: The Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture, The Art Gallery at Cesar Chavez Student Center, Mountain Valley Paper Company, Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, Consulate General of Japan. All events are free and open to the campus community and public. Please RSVP for the Opening Day Events and Reception.