Cleveland Museum of Art Celebrates New Shinto Art Exhibit with Traditional Japanese Dance Performances

Tue 4/9 @ 11AM and 3PM

Today, the Cleveland Museum of Art opens at new show called Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art. It’s dedicated to the Shinto veneration of deities called kami, and uses works from collections in both the U.S. and Japan to explore how this form of worship evolved from the ninth through the 19th century. It features painting, costumes, sculptures, lacquerwork, and works on paper, silk and wood.

And because many of the works are fragile and sensitive to light and can only be displayed for a limited time, the exhibit will feature two rotations, replacing a significant number of items halfway through. The fist runs from Tue 4/9-Sun 5/19; the second from Thu 5/23-Sun 6/30.

To celebrate the opening, the museum is presenting a Shinto dance performance, of the ancient art of Tsukushi Mai, performed by Miyajidake Jinja Shrine. The dance represents a prayer to the Shinto kami of the natural world, the human relationship to land and the lifecycles of Earth.

It will have two free performances in the museum’s atrium on opening day.



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