Objects of Use and Beauty: Design and Craft in Japanese Culinary Tools will demonstrate the beauty of design and use in Japanese cooking and reveal the artistry of craftsmanship in such tools as knives, whisks, ceramic kama, and other important items. The use of materials such as bamboo, clay, cedar wood, metals and other natural substances will be accompanied by contemporary materials in contemporary designs. Videos of craftspeople at work in their studios and forges will be included, as well as the tools themselves and narratives concerning their use. In addition, there will be a glimpse at a Japanese home kitchen and videos demonstrating the making of Japanese foods.
Sponsored by the Caroline R. Graboys Fund, the Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund, and The Japan Foundation, New York.
Co-Curators: Debra Samuels and Merry White