Exhibition

When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan

11 Mar 2021 – 11 Jul 2021

Regular hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
11:00 – 17:00
Friday
11:00 – 17:00
Saturday
11:00 – 17:00
Sunday
11:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

$12/$10 students and seniors
Free Admission always for members, patrons with disabilities and an accompanying Personal Care Assistant

Please reserve tickets on our website in advance. https://boxoffice.japansociety.org/events/7c22534f-7f48-689f-b4e0-6aa58ebca015?_ga=2.166142141.2026093948.1617031770-1112669905.1609874123

Japan Society Gallery

New York
New York, United States

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  • 4,5,6,7 and S at Grand Central Station; 6 at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue; and the E, M at Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street. Public parking available nearby.

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A new exhibition celebrating the spirit of architecture and craftsmanship through Japanese woodworking tools, patterns and models.

About

    On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Japan Society’s landmark building, we present When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan, a new exhibition celebrating the spirit of architecture and craftsmanship through Japanese woodworking tools, patterns and models. Featuring a diverse array of hand tools—planes, axes, saws—and joinery techniques that have been used to build Japan’s wooden architectural masterpieces for hundreds of years—from temples and shrines to teahouses and bridges—the exhibition unpacks how the intangible qualities of making, such as the consummate experience, knowledge and the honed skills of master carpenters, have been transformed into significant built forms.

Master carpenters' (tōryo) extensive knowledge of the local environment and of wood as a material is integral to their craft. Using natural resources, and practices and tools handed down over generations, they construct buildings using a refined methodology. This exhibition design, conceived by contemporary architect Sou Fujimoto in collaboration with Brooklyn-based Popular Architecture, explores the coexistence of nature and design, highlighting an enduring connection between traditional Japanese wooden construction and modern architecture.

Curators

Tiffany Lambert

Yukie Kamiya

Exhibiting artists

Sou Fujimoto

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