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. 

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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!

Exquisite Food

Experience the tastes of Japan with bites from Gaijin by Chef Paul Virant, Chef Gene Kato of Momotaro, 2-D restaurant by chef Kevin Yu (Kyu), and Kamehachi, with additional food provided by Chef by Request and Beyond Catering.

Fine Cocktails

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.

Immersive Performances

Enjoy an evening filled with live entertainment, including live Shodo painting, city DJ Van Paugam’s City Pop set, and Butoh experimental dance.

Fun Experiences

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

c/o Events
1524 N Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610

Event Contact: Lindsey Herbert

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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.

Guests at our 2019 Memento Mori Gala

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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 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

2-D restaurant by chef Kevin Yu (Kyu)

Kirin / Anheuser-Busch

Chef by Request

BEYOND Catering

Vine Connections

Konbini & Kanpai

Chicago TeaHouse


Rishi Tea

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. 

Shodo ft. Oda-sensei

Kintsugi Cranes ft. Ty Yamamoto


City Pop ft. DJ Van Paugam

Pop Up Photo Booth by Big Hugs

VIP Tea Ceremony by Omar Francis-sensei

Ikebana by Charles Harris-sensei

A Silent Auction!

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!

360 Chicago

Ambassador Chicago

American Writers Museum

B Hospitality Co.

Big Bus Tours

Brian Malnassy

Chicago Architecture Center

Chicago’s First Lady

Chicago Food Tours

Chicago TeaHouse

Cities in Dust Jewelry

Face Off Unlimited

Giant Microbes

Galit Restaurant

Glessner House

The Great Escape Room

I Heart Guts

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Immortal Perfumes

International Museum of Surgical Science

Japanese Culture Center

Jed Henry

Kathleen Gallo

The Kitchen Bar & Grill

Koval Distillery

Logan Theatre

Madame Talbot

Mainstay Chicago

Mami Takahashi

Pam Martinez

Phil Gayter

Rishi Tea


Royce Chocolates

Ryan Woodring

Seasons 52 Oakbrook


Sugar Factory

Torture Museum


Tours with Mike

Uncouth Curations


voco Hotel Chicago

While Odin Sleeps Jewelry

WNDR Museum

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
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The International Museum of Surgical Science acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.