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San Antonio Museum Senior Advisor Emily Sano Speaks on Japanese Baskets

Hayakawa, Shōkosai V (1932-2011), Line Construction Double Layered Flower Basket 2007, Madake, rattan Object: 8.3125 x 12 x 12 in., Otōshi: 6.75 x 3.875 x 3.875 in., Tomobako: 9.75 x 13.125 x 13 in., 4.5 lb., Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, © Estate of Shōkosai Hayakawa V, courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, photo by TAI Gallery.

March 8, 6-7:30pm (CST) [in-person event]
Friends of SAMA and Circle Members only. Limited capacity. Registration required.

On March 8th, Emily Sano, Senior Advisor for Asian Art, will discuss Japanese baskets from the Thoma Collection, currently on view in “Creative Splendor. Following the presentation, Emily will answer questions in the Japanese gallery where attendees can see the baskets on display. Enjoy wine and light bites prior to the talk. The event is free, as limited to Circle Members and Friends of SAMA.

Three installations of approximately fifteen baskets each survey the outstanding accomplishments of Japanese basket makers active since the nineteenth century to the present day from three regions of Japan: The Kansai region, which encompasses the ancient capital, Kyoto; the Kanto region, which stretches westward from Tokyo; and the southernmost island of Kyushu. The exhibition demonstrates the specific techniques and styles of cutting and weaving bamboo that are particular to each of these geographic regions.

Dr. Sano is a curator and museum director with more than 50 years of specialty in East Asian art. A celebrated author and academic, she was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who for her work in museum administration in 2020. She has been active at the San Antonio Museum of Art since 2015.

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