Deco Night Program - July 25th

The Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas hosts a full evening celebration of the special exhibition Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945, the Asian Art Museum’s Art Deco building, and summer in Volunteer Park. Deco Night, to be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on July 25th, at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, will include a lecture, exhibition tours, a reception an outdoor film and music program.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $5 for SAM members. The lecture, exhibition tours, and reception included in the ticket. Free admission for the outdoor film and music program.

The Volunteer Park Trust will offer an activity that will involve viewing objects in the museum and drawing from nature in the park, using the activities to compare nature motifs and Deco design elements in the exhibit with objects and vegetation in the park.

Exhibition Viewing and Guest Lecture
6:30–8:30 pm: Short tours of the exhibition, the museum’s Deco architecture, and the park design, plus light refreshments.
7 pm: Textile artist Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada speaks on Japanese Deco textiles and fashion.

Outdoor Music and Film
Volunteer Park Amphitheater
8:30–10:30 pm: A short selection of Deco-era music from Japan and the U.S. is followed by the silent film The Lady and the Beard. The Aono Jikken Ensemble performs their original score to accompany the film, with live benshi narration (English and Japanese). In the film, a traditional kendo practitioner becomes interesting to a cosmopolitan young woman once he shaves off his beard in this classic comedy.

Deco Night is co-sponsored by Volunteer Park Trust. Thanks to the Japan Arts Connection Lab.

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Seattle Asian Art Museum (then the Seattle Art Museum), 1936. Courtesy Seattle Art Museum, Item No. 10588