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Kawashima

Video: Shigeo Kawashima: Wa
The Japanese have a long and deep relationship with bamboo, and their culture has produced the most beautiful art in this medium. Shigeo Kawashima's sculptures take bamboo as an artistic medium to a new level. His work WA ("Ring") was commissioned for the festival and constructed on site.
Asia, Nature, Visual Arts, Japan, World Cultures

Tadao Ando

Video: Tadao Ando: Four Cubes to Contemplate Our Environment
The world-renowned architect Tadao Ando presents this world-premiere glass installation, which explores sustainability and the environment. It was constructed on-site specifically for the Kennedy Center Festival of Japan in 2008.
Asia, Nature, Science, Visual Arts, Architecture, Japan

Shin Tanaka

Video: Shin Tanaka: Paper Toys
Shin Tanaka is a Japanese artist, graffiti writer, paper toy creator, designer who has worked with some of the biggest names in street fashion and designer toys.
Asia, Visual Arts, Japan, Popular Culture

Mayawa Denke

Video: Maywa Denki
Founded in 1993 by two brothers, Maywa Denki is a performance art troupe with a unique style. Each piece of their work is called a "product" and a live performance or exhibition is held as a "product demonstration." Although they're known and appreciated as artists, their promotion strategies are full of variety - besides exhibitions and live stage performances, they produce music, videos, writing, toys, stationery, and electronic devices.
Asia, Visual Arts, Inventions, Japan, Popular Culture, Science

Koji

Video: Koji Kakinuma: Trancework
Calligraphy artist Koji Kakinuma presents one of his trademark innovations, Trancework, in which he paints countless repetitions of a simple, powerful phrase, producing a giant calligraphic work.
Asia, Visual Arts, World Cultures, Japan, Innovators & Pioneers, Popular Culture

Koji

Video: Koji Kakinuma: Otsukimi
JAPAN! culture + hyperculture was marked by a festive Otsukimi (Japanese moon-viewing) evening featuring a special Millennium Stage performance of Trancework and Eternal Now by shodo performing artist Koji Kakinuma, accompanied by the taiko group AUN.
Asia, Visual Arts, World Cultures, Japan, Innovators & Pioneers, Popular Culture, Music

Terra Cotta Warriors

Video: Terra Cotta Warriors
The Terra Cotta Warriors are a collection of 8,000 statues that were buried over 2,000 years ago in the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang. Three of the statues - two soldiers and a horse - were sent to the Kennedy Center for display during the Festival of China
Asia, China, Folklore, Visual Arts, World Cultures

Dan-One

Video: Dan-One: Alphabetical Engineer
Graffiti artist Danny ‘Dan-One’ Polonco, a self-described “Alphabetical Engineer,” talks about graffiti art form as a means for self-expression.
Hip-Hop, Popular Culture, Visual Arts

Matt Alt

Video Series: Matt Alt: Jumbo Machinders
Matt Alt walks you through his extensive collection and explains the art and history of Japanese jumbo machinder toys.
Japan, Popular Culture, Visual Arts, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Puppets

Tornado, by Cai Guo-Qiang

Video Series: Tornado, by Cai Guo-Qiang
This excerpt from Cai's Tornado: Explosion Project for the Kennedy Center includes both the dancing boats and the tornado itself
China, Science, Visual Arts, Asia, Backstage, Innovators & Pioneers

Toyota Partner Robot

Video Series: Japan: Arts & Culture
This is your passport to the arts and culture of Japan as experienced through the Kennedy Center's Japan! culture + hyperculture festival (February 2008). This series will help you learn about some of the major art forms in Japan—art, theater, dance, music, manga, anime, robots, and visual art installations.
Architecture, Asia, Music, Visual Arts, World Cultures, Japan, Inventions, Innovators & Pioneers, Science

Shadow Puppets

Flash Interactive: Playing with Shadows: An Introduction to Shadow Puppets
Learn about the ancient art of Shadow Puppetry and find out how to create your own shadow plays!
China, Folklore, Animals, Jobs in the Arts, Puppets, Theater, Visual Arts, World Cultures

iPass

Flash Interactive: IPASS: Japan! Culture + Hyperculture
This interactive features a comprehensive study of the arts and culture of Japan, ranging from ancient to modern times. It includes an investigation of Japanese art, theater, dance, music, manga, anime, robots, and installations.
Japan, Asia, Music, Popular Culture, Visual Arts, World Cultures

Fireworks

Flash Interactive: Fireworks: Art of the Explosion
The Art of the Explosion follows artist Cai Guo-Qiang and pyrotechnician Phil Grucci through the preparation for the performance art piece “Tornado: Explosion Project for the Kennedy Center.”
Asia, China, Visual Arts, Jobs in the Arts

Sculpture by Richard Serra

Interactive: Sculpture With Richard Serra
Richard Serra's most recognizable works are monumental steel sculptures. Learn more in this microsite tour.
Visual Arts, Jobs in the Arts, Geometry, Science

Casals at the White House

Audio Series: Art in Camelot: The Arts in the Kennedy Years
Through his words and examples, President Kennedy raised awareness of the importance of the arts in America
Presidents, Music, Military, History, Architecture, America, Visual Arts

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Sky Sights
Look closely at the sky. Do you see any clouds that look like objects? Ask a friend if they see what you see.
Science, Visual Arts, Nature

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Picture Perfect
Make a sentence using pictures instead of words. Show it to your friends or family. Can they tell what the sentence is based on your drawings?
Visual Arts, Language, Literature

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: YouToon
Draw a cartoon version of yourself. What are you doing in the cartoon? Add a voice or thought bubble. Share it with a friend of family member. Can they tell it’s you?
Visual Arts, Cartoons, Comics, & Animation

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Everyday Arts Challenge: Twinkle Time
Look closely at the night sky. Find stars that outline shapes of objects. Ask a friend they see what you see.
Science, Space, Visual Arts

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Everyday Arts Challenge: Upsy Daisy
Draw a picture upside down. When you’re done, flip it over. Does it make any sense?
Visual Arts

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Everyday Arts Challenge: The Shape of Things
In your classroom, count how many squares you see. Look up. Look down. They’re everywhere.
Geometry, Math, Visual Arts

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Money Matters
Design your own dollar bill. What color or colors is it? What do you put on the front side? On the back side?
Visual Arts

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Everyday Arts Challenge: Color Check
Count all the different colors you see in your cafeteria. How many shades of blue can you find? Red? Green? Yellow? What color do you see the most?
Visual Arts, Architecture, Math

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Color Check
Count all the different colors you see on your way to school. How many shades of blue can you find? Red? Green? Yellow? What color do you see the most?
Visual Arts, Math

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Book Nook
What’s your favorite book? Draw a new cover for it. How does it compare to the original cover?
Literature, Visual Arts

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Magic Musings
You’re a wizard. What’s your favorite spell? How does it go? Draw a picture of yourself in your wizard’s outfit.
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Visual Arts, Theater

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Foot Art
Trace the outline of your foot on a piece of paper. Remove foot. Now what can you do with the shape that’s left? Use the outline to draw something entirely new!
Visual Arts

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Everyday Arts Challenge: Foot Fun
Stick a crayon between your toes and draw a picture of a fruit or vegetable. Can a friend guess what it is?
Visual Arts, Plants, Nature

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Hand Art
Trace the outline of your hand on a piece of paper. Remove hand. Now what can you do with the shape that’s left? Use the outline to draw something entirely new!
Visual Arts

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Everyday Arts Challenge: Heavy Hand
Draw a picture of a ballerina without picking your pen or pencil off the paper. Is it easy or hard to do? What else can you draw like this?
Visual Arts, Ballet

arts quote

Arts Quotes: Michelangelo
"A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Michelangelo
"Genius is eternal patience."
Europe, Visual Arts, Education

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Arts Quotes: Michelangelo
"A great sculpture can roll down a hill without breaking."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Joan Miro
"I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Claude Monet
"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."
Europe, Visual Arts, Nature, Plants

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Arts Quotes: Henri Matisse
"Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Rene-Francois-Ghislain Magritte
"Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Henri Matisse
"The portrait is one of the most curious art forms. It demands special qualities in the artist, almost total kinship with the model."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Henri Matisse
"Creativity takes courage."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Henri Matisse
"All my efforts go into creating an art that can be understood by everyone."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Georgia O'Keeffe
"To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Claes Oldenburg
"Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Robert Motherwell
"In the brush doing what it's doing, it will stumble on what one couldn't do by oneself."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Henry S. Moore
"To be an artist is to believe in life."
Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Robert Motherwell
"Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Louise Nevelson
"Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Edvard Munch
"I don't believe in an art that is not born out of man's need to open his heart."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Robert Hughes
"The camera, if it’s lucky, may tell a different truth to drawing - but not a truer one."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Frida Kahlo
"I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality."
Latin America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Winslow Homer
"Talent! What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way."
America, Visual Arts, Nature

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Arts Quotes: Hans Hofmann
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
Europe, Education, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Edward Hopper
"If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Edward Hopper
"Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Paul Klee
"Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Jacob Lawrence
"When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Roy Lichtenstein
"Color is crucial in painting, but it is very hard to talk about."
America, Popular Culture, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Roy Lichtenstein
"Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms."
America, Popular Culture, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Vasily Kandinsky
"There is no must in art because art is free."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Paul Klee
"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Martin Kippinberger
"Entertainment and art are not isolated. Entertainment is in art like color in pictures."
Europe, Innovators & Pioneers, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Pablo Picasso
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Anne Tucker
"All art requires courage."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Simonides
"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks."
Greece, Poetry, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Frank Lloyd Wright
"Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art."
America, Architecture, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Frank Lloyd Wright
"You can't make an architect. But you can open the doors and windows toward the light as you see it."
America, Architecture, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Andy Warhol
"My instinct about painting says, 'if you don't think about it, it's right.'"
America, Controversial, Innovators & Pioneers, Popular Culture, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: James McNeill Whistler
"An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Jackson Pollock
"It’s all a big game of construction, some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Jackson Pollock
"The painting has a life of its own."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Rembrandt
"Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Robert Rauschenberg
"The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history."
America, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Pablo Picasso
"Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?"
Europe, Visual Arts, Nature

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Arts Quotes: Pablo Picasso
"Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction."
Europe, Visual Arts

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Arts Quotes: Pablo Picasso
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Europe, Visual Arts, Young Artists

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