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Events for Thursday, April 29, 2010

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Art in Bloom
museum-wide

Joyous Japan

Join us for Art in Bloom 2010, a free, four-day festival that celebrates timeless art and fresh flowers. Presented by the Friends of the Institute, this event showcases the talents of more than 150 floral artists, whose designs interpret works of art in the museum’s collection. In addition, professional florists provide lavish arrangements and spectacular displays outside of the galleries. Lectures, luncheons, and other special events complement this favorite rite of spring at the MIA.

Free and open to the public; reservations required for special events.

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10 – 11 a.m.
Art in Bloom lecture: The Essence of Japanese Gardens
Pillsbury Auditorium
Art in Bloom lecture: The Essence of Japanese Gardens

Thomas S. Elias, Ph.D., retired director of the U.S. National Arboretum, will present the basic design principles of a classical Japanese garden, whose simple elegance makes them strikingly beautiful. Feast your eyes on gorgeous gardens associated with temples and shrines, imperial gardens, and those in private and public spheres, as Elias discusses the slow shift from traditional gardens to more modern styles. Sponsored by Sheila Morgan.

Reservations required. Admission: $30

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11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Art in Bloom Gourmet Box Luncheon
Wells Fargo Community Room

Gourmet on the go! Plan ahead for a quick bite between gallery stops. Reserved boxed luncheons feature delightful Japanese-influenced foods, with seating available both indoors and on the patio (weather permitting). Reservation required. Admission: $20

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Noon – 2 p.m.
Art in Bloom Formal Luncheon & Artwear in Bloom
Reception Hall, Target Wing
Art in Bloom Formal Luncheon & Artwear in Bloom

Pause for an elegant meal and enjoy informal modeling of wearable art designed by artists from the Textile Center; garments available for purchase. Sponsored by Linda Goldenberg, Barbara Goldner, and Val McLinn.

Reservations required. Admission: $30

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1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Art in Bloom floral demonstration: A Contemporary Western Approach to Asian Floral Design
Pillsbury Auditorium
Art in Bloom floral demonstration: A Contemporary Western Approach to Asian Floral Design

Designer, teacher, and floral judge Kevin Ylvisaker, AIFD, PFCI, was a member of the design teams for the inaugurations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Today, he'll show how to use floral products to create clean, contemporary, Asian-style designs. Floral arrangements will be auctioned following the demonstration. Sponsored by Carol Burton and Jeanne Pemble.

Reservations required. Admission: $30

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5:30 – 9 p.m.
Art in Bloom Flowers After Hours: Hello Tokyo!
museum-wide
Art in Bloom Flowers After Hours: Hello Tokyo!

Transport yourself to a world of Japanese pop culture with Fulbright scholar Frenchy Lunning, an author and professor of liberal arts at MCAD who has researched manga in Japan. Come experience sake, Tokyo street fashion, anime movie shorts, and dance to J-pop. And, of course, hanami—flower viewing! Sponsored by Jane Emison and Glenda Struthers.

6-6:30 p.m. Sake Tasting Class: $20

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No reservations required except for sake-tasting class.

Refreshments available for purchase.