Through the Lens of the Kimono

- September 28, 2011

"...the textures, colors, and rhythms of Japanese life..."

Gail Rieke, an internationally recognized artist, has traveled extensively in Japan and regularly conducts travel journal workshops there. On Friday, October 14, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Rieke will make a presentation in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition, Kimono: Karen LaMonte and Prints of the Floating World.

She will share a slide presentation of her photographs of the textures, colors, and rhythms of Japanese life, as well as some of the textiles she has collected in her travels.

The garment pictured above was worn by a pilgrim on a journey around Koya-san, a mountain southeast of Kyoto. The mountain is known for its many temples, with each red stamp on the garment representing a visit to a particular site.

Rieke is an internationally recognized collage/assemblage/installation artist and teacher who lives and works in Santa Fe. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of museums and institutions, including the New Mexico Museum of Art, The Albuquerque Museum, The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Nebraska, Roswell Museum, The University of New Mexico and The Santa Fe Institute. In 2000, she and her husband, Zachariah Rieke, had a retrospective at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

The event is free, with the museum’s galleries open free every Friday evening until 8:00 p.m.