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Kintsugi Gala

October 22, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating Japanese culture through music, food, and artwork to support the Museum’s Fall Exhibition.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

General Admission 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

VIP Experience 6:00 pm – 7:00pm

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: https://imss.org/kintsugigala/


Performances and activations by:

City Pop ft. DJ Van Paugam: https://www.vanpaugam.com/

Shodo ft. Oda-sensei: https://hekiunoda.com/

Kintsugi Cranes ft. Ty Yamamoto: @origami_with_ty

Butoh ft. Cyan aka Holly Chernobyl: hollychernobyl.weebly.com

And a pop-up photo booth!

Food and Drinks by:

House of Suntory

Gaijin by Chef Paul Virant

Chef Gene Kato of Momotaro

Vine Connections

Konbini & Kanpai

2-D Restaurant

Chef by Request

Beyond Catering


This event is 21+ only. ID required at check-in.

Doors Open at 7PM for General Admission and 6PM for VIP. Guests will not be allowed into the Museum prior to the doors open time.

Accessible accommodations include a ramp entrance and elevator. If you need additional accessibility options or wheelchair seating please contact us at info@imss.org.

Parking and Directions can be found here: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/#nav

COVID Guidelines: Masks are optional but recommended.

For more information about the Gala or the International Museum of Surgical Science, don’t hesitate to contact Lindsey Herbert at lindsey@imss.org or 312-642-6502.

Mami Takahashi. Kintsugi Skull 02, 2022. Resin replica skull, gofun (oyster powder), gold leaf, and gold powder. w 4 1/2″ x h 6″ x d 7″.

About IMSS:

The International Museum of Surgical Science, a division of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), maintains over 10,000 square feet of public galleries committed to the history of surgery, and an exquisite permanent collection of art and artifacts from the history of Medicine. The Museum supports its Mission through medically themed exhibitions and programs, in addition to a strong contemporary art exhibition program.

About the JAF:

The Japanese Arts Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates inclusive and equitable opportunity, education, and support of Japanese arts thriving in Chicago’s diverse community and beyond. The JAF celebrates the multitude of voices in our community exploring and expanding Japanese arts and culture.

The JAF supports this mission by hosting unique programs and open educational opportunities that share Japanese art equitably and accessibly, while highlighting our diverse community of artists, thinkers, and makers.

Special thanks to:

House of Suntory

Face off Unlimited

Gaijin by Chef Paul Virant

Chef Gene Kato of Momotaro

Vine Connections

Konbini & Kanpai

2-D Restaurant

Chef by Request

Thank you to our Exhibition supporters:

Japanese Culture Center


Face off Unlimited

Oregon Arts Commission

Illinois Arts Council Agency

City of Chicago DCASE

Funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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.

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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October 22, 2022
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610 United States


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