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Kelly Akashi: Formations Opening
Flame-worked borosilicate glass in the form of flowers and lost-wax cast bronze in the form of a hand holding on to the flowers

September 21, 2023 at 10:00 am



Join us on Free Third Thursday, September 21 from 10AM - 8PM for the free public opening of Kelly Akashi: Formations. Enjoy free admission, a free Gallery Guide-led tour at 6PM, Archive of Touch (an interactive installation), a cash bar, and DJ set by DJ Sir Froderick from 5 โ€“ 8PM.

Also on view, a new permanent collection exhibition: Eleanor Antin and My Barbarian.

About the exhibition

Kelly Akashi: Formations presents an overview of a decade of work, including glass and cast bronze objects, multipart sculptural installations, and photographic work. It also includes a newly commissioned body of work that explores the inherited impact of the artistโ€™s fatherโ€™s imprisonment in a Japanese American incarceration camp in Poston, Arizona during World War II.

Organized by the San Josรฉ Museum of Art, Kelly Akashi: Formationsโ€ฏis the first major exhibition and catalog of Akashiโ€™s work. The exhibition will be on view from September 21, 2023 โ€“ February 18, 2024 in San Diego, following presentations at the San Josรฉ Museum of Art and the Frye Art Museum, Seattle.

Kelly Akashi: Formations
is organized by the San Josรฉ Museum of Art and curated by Lauren Schell Dickens, Chief Curator. The presentation at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is organized by Jill Dawsey, PhD, Senior Curator, MCASD.

Interactive Installation

Archive of Touch: Material Metaphor

Kelly Akashi documents time through transforming materials and objects. Whether blowing glass, making impressions with clay, or sculpting, her artworks are literal and metaphorical symbols of how time evolves. In this interactive installation, we welcome visitors to grab objects, some that are malleable and some that aren't, and discover through touch how objects change. This tactile activity encourages you to slow down, be present with your touch, sense, and experience firsthand how things change over time, stirring questioning about ephemerality, progression, and life cycles.

Related Exhibitions

Formerly On view at MCASD

Top: Kelly Akashi, "Cultivator (Hanami)," 2021.