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Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami

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Presented by Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg at Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg FL

Jun 22 2019
Sep 22 2019
Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami

Above the Fold demonstrates the extraordinary power of contemporary origami, transforming paper into breathtaking sculpture, large-scale installations and conceptual works that express contemporary social, political, and aesthetic ideas.

In Above the Fold, visionary master folders—Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine (Canada/USA), Vincent Floderer (France), Miri Golan (Israel), Paul Jackson (UK/Israel), Dr. Robert J. Lang (USA), Yuko Nishimura (Japan), Richard Sweeney (UK), and Jiangmei Wu (China/USA)—push the boundaries of paper as a medium to create bold, provocative works. From a paper sculpture that spans 20 feet long to large-scale installations hanging from the ceiling with anchors and wires, this exhibit showcases how origami as an artform has been elevated to new levels.

Above the Fold is the first traveling exhibition to bring a group of origami installations and conceptual sculptures from around the world to North American audiences. The MFA is the second-to-last museum to host the exhibition before it concludes in 2020. Above the Fold is curated by Meher McArthur and the tour is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

In addition to the captivating paper art, the MFA exhibit will incorporate artwork from its collection, such as Japanese woodblock prints, and other local loans. The gallery will also include a paper-folding interactive space for guests to create paper cranes and other paper patterns. Guests can take the cranes home or leave them on display in the space for the duration of the exhibition. The ones left will be sent to the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan. The MFA’s goal is to send 1,000 cranes to be placed at the peace monument commemorating Sadako Sasaki and all the children lost to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.


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