Say Sayonara to Origami Now! -- One of Peabody Essex Museum's most popular exhibitions will be closing this Sunday, June 8.
Origami Now! features over 60 works by 24 of the world’s foremost contemporary origami artists. Since it opened in June 2007, the exhibition has drawn over 100,000 visitors to the museum’s Art & Nature Center, making it the center’s most visited show to date. It has also received the highest visitor satisfaction ratings of any exhibition since the museum began tracking guests’ responses.
The exhibition’s Web site, www.pem.org/origami has set a record for online traffic at a PEM microsite; the step-by-step video guide to folding seven origami designs has spread around the blogosphere and Web among origami enthusiasts and amateurs alike. (The Web site will stay up longer than the exhibit so families can enjoy Origami this summer.)
With representations of animals, insects and flowers, plus portraits and abstract forms, Origami Now! reveals the diversity of techniques and interpretations in contemporary origami. Origami Now! features interactive stations where visitors of all ages make origami, play with moveable "action" origami, and discover the processes used to make these intricate creations.
Origami Now! explores the techniques developed by this evolving art form and highlights origami’s influence on other disciplines, including design, technology, medicine and mathematics. The exhibition is curated by the Museum's Art & Nature Center director, Jane Winchell, with noted origami artist Michael LaFosse serving as exhibition adviser.
About the Peabody Essex Museum: The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.
HOURS: Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $4.
Members, youth 16 and under, and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free
admission to Yin Yu Tang.
Web site at www.pem.org