Upcoming Events


2014 - 2015 Season


The Curious Art of Origami

September 19 - November 19

9:30 am - 6:00 pm (Mon. - Sat.)

Shumei Hall Gallery (MAP)

A reception for this exhibition will be held on Saturday, September 20, from 1 pm to 4 pm.


The exhibition The Curious Art of Origami will feature art works by three of the most renowned origami artists in the country and will highlight the diversity of contemporary origami art. This exhibition is as part of the Pasadena-wide A X S Curiosity Festival (http://axsfestival.org/2014/).


Featuring artists are Robert lang, Linda Mihara and Giang Dinh

Curated by Meher McArthur

Origami is the Japanese word for “folded paper.” For over 1,000 years, the Japanese have been folding paper, first to create decorative gift wrappers and Shinto ceremonial objects, and later as a playful and artistic pastime. In the 20th century, the art form spread far beyond the shores of Japan, and is now a worldwide phenomenon, appealing both to school children as a way to make toys and decorations and to adults as an artistic and intellectual hobby.
In the last few decades, origami has evolved into a sophisticated art form. Mathematics has contributed significantly to this evolution. Using mathematical calculations to map out the folds necessary to form particular elements of an animal, bird or insect, origami artists from all over the world have been designing increasingly complex forms, often out of a single square of paper with no cuts or glue. Some artists, however, have pushed the artistic boundaries of origami by experimenting with different types of paper and new folding techniques to create works that barely resemble traditional origami – elaborately patterned geometric forms called tessellations and simple figural or abstract forms created with very few folds.

The three artists represented in this exhibition approach origami from very different backgrounds. Robert Lang is a laser physicist, best known for his super complex figures of animals, birds and bugs, but also an important figure in the realm of applied origami, working with space laboratories, airbag designers and medical researchers to develop better designs for compressing various materials using origami folding principles. Linda Mihara is highly creative Japanese American origami artist who specializes in the traditional technique of “connecting cranes” but also applies her skills to spectacular contemporary forms, including fashion and animated origami films. Giang Dinh is a Vietnamese American architect, who uses only a few gentle folds in thick watercolor paper to create abstracted, but deeply spiritual folded paper figures. Though he is trained in traditional origami folding, his work represents a clear departure from typical origami figures. Together these three artists are pushing the boundaries of this art form to create exquisite works that spark our curiosity.

The exhibition is curated by Meher McArthur, an independent Asian art curator, author and educator. She formerly worked as Curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum, where she curated many art exhibitions on different aspects of Asian art and culture. Her current exhibition, Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami, which she organized with the traveling exhibition company International Arts & Artists, opened at the Japanese American National Museum in March 2012 and is traveling the United States for the next five years. Her up-coming traveling exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami will begin its national tour at the Springfield Art Museum in Massachusetts in January 2015 (see http://www.artsandartists.org/).

This exhibition is supported by Setsuko Oka, Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Toshie & Frank Mosher and Cheryl Revkin

The showcases for displaying the origami art works were lent to this exhibition by the Art Center College of Design.





Children's Concerts 2014

The Shumei Arts Council created its Children's Concert series in 2000 to provide a venue in which children could experience and interact with fine musicians and music in a concert setting. The Arts Council works with the Pasadena Unified School District to create these concerts. Our audiences are children from diverse social and economic backgrounds.

These concerts are supported in part with funds received from the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the Pasadena Arts League, the Colburn Foundation, and the Rotary Club of Pasadena.

Pasadena Arts League



Children’s Concert: Robert Thies

Shumei Hall, Pasadena (MAP)

(Appropriate for third grade and up)

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 12:00 noon

Free Admission (For reservations call 626 584 8841)

International Prokofiev Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Robert Thies, will present a program of music by Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, Chopin and Rachmaninoff among others. Mr. Thies will discuss with the children not only the “building blocks” of musical structure, but also how experience and emotion influenced composers. Toward the end of the program, he will bring students onstage for improvisational music making and fun.



Children’s Concert: Selected students from USC Thornton School of Music

Shumei Hall, Pasadena (MAP)

(Appropriate for third grade and up)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:00 noon

Free Admission (For reservations call 626 584 8841)

Selected students from one of the most respected music education institutions, the USC Thornton School of Music, will demonstrate diverse styles of music for string instruments. Children will learn about the most common string instruments used in classical music, and hear how the instruments combine, from solo performances to quartet arrangements. The concert will also introduce children to several important composers. The program will be organized by Professor Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, a member of the Strings Department faculty at the USC Thornton School.



Clyde Montgomery Concert 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2 pm
Shumei Hall, Pasadena (MAP)

Free Admission

The Shumei Arts Council has long been dedicated to providing a musical venue for young people in the greater Los Angeles and Pasadena area. With the annual Clyde Montgomery Concerts, Shumei Hall becomes a showcase for exceptionally gifted young musicians. These groups are presented in a brilliant display of the nation’s newest and brightest talent.

This event is supported in part with funds received from the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Colburn Foundation, and the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.


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