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  • Samurai!

    Japanese myth and tradition in the contemporary imagination

    April 18 - September 6, 2015
    Contemporary Gallery

    Discover the samurai, in history and popular culture! Guest curator Eric Nakamura, editor and founder of Giant Robot Magazine, combines historical Japanese arms and armor from the Worcester Art Museum and John Woodman Higgins collections with work by contemporary artists inspired by samurai and their enduring myth.

    Read an exclusive interview with Eric Nakamura in access magazine

    Download the Samurai! Press Release

    Funding for Samurai! has been provided in part by a generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

    Sponsored by:

    united bank foundation

    Artists in the Exhibition

    Mural Project
    Andrew Hem
    Mari Inukai
    Audrey Kawasaki

    On View
    Miya Ando
    Esao Andrews
    Shawn Cheng
    Josh Cochran
    Moira Hahn
    Jed Henry
    James Jean

    Mu Pan

    Ferris Plock
    Stan Sakai
    Masakatsu Sashie
    Rob Sato
    Yuko Shimizu
    Katsuya Terada
    Kent Williams

    Featuring Arms and armor from the Worcester Art Museum and John Woodman Higgins collections

    Samurai! Mural Painting

    Now on view in the Lancaster Lobby
    Three new murals painted for the Worcester Art Museum by Andrew Hem, Mari Inukai, Audrey Kawasaki.

    See work-in-progress photos on Flickr.

    Mural sketches by Audrey Kawasaki © Audrey Kawasaki:


    via NECN: Exhibit Features Fresh Interpretations of Samurai

    Video: WAM Makes List of 39 Museums Around The World To Visit - Charter TV3
    The mural to the story - Worcester Magazine
    The art of the ancient warrior: Discover connections between the Samurai and 'Star Wars' at Worcester Art Museum - Lowell Sun
    Video: Samurai! on Open Studio With Jared Bowen -WGBH
    Majestic murals at Worcester Art Museum - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Samurai: Still on cutting edge at Worcester Art Museum - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    Contemporary artists explore Samurai in popular culture with new exhibition - Art Daily
    Critic's picks: Art - The Boston Globe
    Preview: "Samurai!" Group Exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum - Hi-Fructose Magazine

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    Downloadable 8.5x11" Flyers

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    The Giant Samurai Party!

    Click here to see photos from this event on Flickr!

    Experience the old world meeting the new in this whirlwind celebration of traditional samurai arms & armor, on view alongside the work of contemporary artists that have been inspired by its history. Japanese taiko drummers from Odaiko New England (members-only hour) set the tone for the evening, which is packed with performances from shakuhachi master flutist Elizabeth Reian Bennett, theatrics, band The RiCECOOKERS, The Nom Nom Hut Japanese food truck, and more. Cash bar; Valet parking available.

    Download a schedule of events

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