Kintsugi 2022 Gala
Saturday, October 22, 2022
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
6:00 PM VIP Experience
The Japanese Arts Foundation and International Museum of Surgical Science cordially invite you to their inaugural joint Kintsugi Gala. Experience an evening of fine Japanese cuisine, spirits, and artistic performances and activations with full access to the historic museum and its charm. Enjoy a special viewing of the new Kintsugi exhibition and explore the art of Kintsugi, or ‘gold repair’, through the work of Japanese Arts Foundation resident artist Mami Takahashi, who fuses human skulls with gold, bringing to life the philosophy of celebrating the beauty of broken cracks. This fundraising gala directly supports the efforts of the Japanese Arts Foundation and the International Museum of Surgical Science. Guests in attendance and at home are encouraged to participate in the virtual silent auction featuring gifts from over 50 partners.
A Party like No Other on Lake Shore Drive
This year, we’re partnering with the Japanese Arts Foundation for a Museum Gala that is totally unique!
Unlimited whiskey cocktails will be served by Suntory, with additional beverages generously provided by Kirin by Anheuser-Busch, Chicago TeaHouse, Vine Connections, and Konbini & Kanpai.
Enjoy an evening filled with live entertainment, including live Shodo painting, city DJ Van Paugam’s City Pop set, and Butoh experimental dance.
Explore the Museum’s exhibits after-dark, including the newest Japanese art exhibit: Kintsugi, take photos with friends in our pop-up photo booth, and make kintsugi cranes with an origami artist.
Support a Worthy Cause
If possible, kindly consider check or wire transfer payments for gifts of $5,000+.
Please send payments to:
International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610
Event Contact: Lindsey Herbert
Join us to celebrate a special evening benefiting the Japanese Arts Foundation and the International Museum of Surgical Science, some of our city’s foremost cultural institutions. This year, the museum will honor Japanese Arts Foundation Resident Artist, Mami Takahashi, in the celebration of her newest exhibition, Kintsugi: Healing through Japanese Art. Proceeds from this event support the International Museum of Surgical Science’s continued impact as a medical research, conservation, and education leader in Chicago and around the world. Proceeds also support the Japanese Arts Foundation’s mission of creating inclusive and equitable opportunity, education, and support of Japanese arts thriving in Chicago’s diverse community and beyond.
Kintsugi: The Exhibit
The Japanese Arts Foundation, in partnership with the International Museum of Surgical Science, proudly presents the exhibition, “Kintsugi: Healing through Japanese Art,” a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Mami Takahashi, on view from September 30, 2022, through March 12, 2023. Read more here.
Getting to the Event
Parking is limited in the area, and public transportation is recommended. For directions, visit https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/#nav. Parking is validated for a reduced price at 1350 N Lake Shore Drive and behind the Chicago History Museum located at Clark and LaSalle Streets, Chicago, IL 60614; entrance on Stockton Drive.
The event is located at the International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60610.
Thank you to our Event Partners!
This event is made possible by the generosity and participation of our event vendors!
Gaijin by Chef Paul Virant
The House of Suntory
Chef Gene Kato of Momotaro
Konbini & Kanpai
Butoh ft. Cyan aka Holly Chernobyl
A lost ghost explores the museum and interacts with humans. Does she live there? Is she also a visitor? What is she looking for? A durational roaming performance dealing with grief, searching, and wonder.
Cyan aka Holly Chernobyl (they/them) has been a working artist for over a decade. They have presented work, held residencies, and received awards both domestically and internationally. They continue to create solo pieces and collaborate with a talented array of international artists.
Since 2018, they are working indefinitely on a lifestyle art project called BODYCRAFT, incorporating written, video, photography, and performance work.
Thank you to our Silent Auction Donors!
The event’s silent auction will go live two weeks prior to the event date. Stay tuned for more information!
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