Celebrate Japanese culture and pop culture throughout the Denver Art Museum with a collection of unique experiences. I'm Andrew Novick, and I've curated detours, performances, demos, snacks, and fun with my own vision and determination. You can start by creating a samurai helmet or mask and proceed through Untitled: Rising Sun in the way of the samurai....
Learning Ancient Secrets
How about a hands-on demonstration of making onigiri (a delicious steamed-rice snack) by Japanese moms from Broomfield? You get to eat your own creation! Also, learn the art of making taiko drums by master drum makers from Colorado Springs. Then, they will do a group taiko drum performance for you.
Dancer-choreographer Ricki Harada will wow us with his art of human movement, with help from spoken word artist Seth and Japanese calligrapher Mamiko. Several different vignettes will be performed throughout the night. Buntport never ceases to amaze—will Joan and Charlie become successful bunraku puppeteers? Finally, perhaps YOU will perform? We all love singing in the car, right? Toyota will provide the car, you just get in and sing in our special CAR-aoke booth!
Observe denizens of the Japanese streets with Live Fashion Dioramas by Harajuku Fashion Walk Denver. Meanwhile, DJ Jonny D will be spinning some wild Japanese pop and Kawaii punk.
Art in Action
Denver tattoo artist Tyral Lane will tell us about how the art and style of Japanese tattooing came to America, and show you work he did that was inspired by the Samurai exhibition. Also, Arthur Williams will show you why Babylon Floral is on the cutting edge of flower trimming.
Warm Cookies of the Revolution welcomes Rose Tanaka, a Denver resident and civil rights activist who, as a Japanese American teenager during World War II, was forced to move, along with her family, to an internment camp.
Have you every wondered what Hello Kitty is thinking about? You will get a rare glimpse into the mind of Hello Kitty, as she shows you her favorite art in the museum. Also, how did I get mixed up in all of this? Follow me on a mini-tour and find out.
TIP: Untitled is included with general admission, free for members. See the Samurai exhibition while you're here (it's open late for Untitled). A separate timed-entry ticket is required—reserve yours now.
Photo: courtesy of Andrew Novick.