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  • 'Black Dolls' at Mingei International Museum a window into the past

     'Black Dolls' at Mingei International Museum a window into the past
    On public display for the first time, "Black Dolls" is a snapshot of African American life from an era past. The exhibition at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego consists of 125 handmade dolls made between 1850 and 1940. The black experience has been embroidered with ingenuity into these mixed-media figurines — boys and girls, men and women of a certain age, all made of materials on hand: paper for clothing, teeth and eyes; small pieces of wood hidden under fabric forming noses; coconut shell, papier-mâché and leather heads; ribbed sock bodies.
  • San Diego: Mingei Museum's surfboard design exhibition is one fun ride

    San Diego: Mingei Museum's surfboard design exhibition is one fun ride
    If you haven't seen "Surf Craft" at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, go now. The compelling exhibition about American makers and shapers of all kinds of wave-riding boards ends Sunday. Surf historian Richard Kenvin has assembled an...

    How San Diego's, San Francisco's rival 1915 expositions shaped them

    How San Diego's, San Francisco's rival 1915 expositions shaped them
    A hundred years ago, San Francisco had something to prove. Its leaders wanted the world to know they had rebuilt since the earthquake and fires of 1906, and they wanted to woo the travelers and commerce that would be headed west through the just-...

    Steve Martin, Edie Brickell take musical detour with 'Bright Star'

    Steve Martin, Edie Brickell take musical detour with 'Bright Star'
    In the basement of the House of Charm, watching a group of people sing and dance, Steve Martin consults his iPad and prepares, once again, to transform. Above him, Balboa Park goes about its business. Tourists arrive by red trolley, brides pose amid the...

    Martha Longenecker dies at 93; founder of Mingei International Museum

    Martha Longenecker, who founded the Mingei International Museum that has a vast collection of ancient and current folk art in San Diego, was on a different path when she was an art student in the early 1950s at Claremont Graduate School. She was...