Origami as a Global Art Form

Sunday February 10

1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Origami, or Japanese paper folding, began centuries ago in Japan, probably in the ceremonial world of native Japanese purification rituals and the elegant world of the Imperial court. Over the centuries, as paper became more widely available, much of the population folded birds, animals and boxes. Today, origami is a sophisticated international artistic genre practiced by artists from many backgrounds. Their work has evolved beyond simple, natural forms to push boundaries in materials, subject matter and scale. Contemporary origami art now includes highly complex representational sculptures, abstract constructions, conceptual works and installations all worthy of museum exhibition and collection and deeper exploration. This slide lecture will trace the history and evolution of this art form and explore some of the outstanding works of origami art being created all over the world today.


Meher McArthur is an independent Asian art curator, author and educator. She is currently Creative Director for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena and Curator of the garden’s En Gallery and is the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections at Scripps College, Claremont.