The Persistence of Mingei: Influence through Four Generations of Ceramic Artists

The Persistence of Mingei: Influence through Four Generations of Ceramic Artists

An exhibition paying homage to University of Minnesota Regents Professor Warren MacKenzie and four generations of artists influenced by the Mingei tradition

Ceramic artist Randy Johnston curated the new ceramics exhibit, 'The Persistence of Mingei: Influence through Four Generations of Ceramic Artists,' in the Leo and Doris Hodroff Gallery. The exhibition pays homage to University of Minnesota Regents Professor Warren MacKenzie and four generations of artists influenced by the Mingei tradition.

Mingei, meaning "art of the people," was coined by the Japanese philosopher Yanagi Sōetsu in the early 1920s. His ideas started an art movement in Japan that celebrated everyday objects created by average people, elevating handmade crafts as a response to Japan's rapid industrialization. MacKenzie and his wife Alixandra were the first American apprentices of the Mingei movement.

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This exhibition is part of 'Claytopia', the 53rd annual conference for NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts), happening March 27–30, 2019 in MSP.

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