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Kelly Akashi: Formations
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

On view at MCASD

September 21, 2023 to February 18, 2024

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents the first museum survey of LA-based artist Kelly Akashi, curated by Lauren Schell Dickens for the San José Museum of Art.

Jill Dawsey, the exhibition's hosting curator in San Diego, will highlight Southern California’s history with WW2 incarceration camps, as explored by the artist in relation to her family's experience.


“L.A. artist Kelly Akashi’s work evokes tangled feelings about impermanence.”
Los Angeles Times

“If you need to be convinced that art hits different in person, go see 'Kelly Akashi: Formations.'”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Akashi’s practice extracts meaning from the ore of object relations, striking at the heart of our attachment to things.”


Kelly Akashi: Formations is generously supported by the Teiger Foundation.

Top: Cultivator (Hanami), 2021