The Ceramic Sculpture of Mineo Mizuno

November 18, 2005 - January 15, 2006

2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803
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Mineo Mizuno, Water Drop (detail), 2004, ceramic and calligraphy. Private collection.

Long Beach, CA Crossing Boundaries: The Ceramic Sculpture of Mineo Mizuno is the first major museum exhibition to survey the work of this extraordinary Japanese-born, Los Angeles-based artist. Organized by the Long Beach Museum of Art, the exhibition features more than 40 examples of Mizuno’s ceramic sculpture spanning an over thirty-year period from 1973 to 2005. Crossing Boundaries will be presented in Long Beach from November 18, 2005 to January 15, 2006.

Throughout his career, Mineo Mizuno has created superbly crafted works which, while firmly grounded in the traditions of the ceramic arts, transcend boundaries. In crossing these traditional barriers, he has created new forms in clay that exist on equal footing with painting, sculpture and architecture – forms which confound traditional categories and hierarchies, bringing together elements from each discipline into one, integrated whole.

Born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan in 1944, Mineo Mizuno first visited the United States in 1964. He studied ceramics at the Chouinard Art Institute from 1966 to 1968 under Ralph Bacerra, a seminal figure in the history of California ceramics. Crossing Boundaries surveys all aspects of Mizuno’s multifaceted career through a selection of over forty works representing each period in the artist’s development. Four works in the collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art will be supplemented by loans from public and private collections throughout Southern California and one loan from Japan. On loan from Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art is a monumental installation comprised of five vividly-colored monoliths, each over six feet tall, entitled California Landscape.  

Mineo Mizuno is recognized internationally as a leader in the contemporary ceramics field. His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Curated by Long Beach Museum of Art Director Harold B. Nelson, Crossing Boundaries is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an introduction by Mr. Nelson and an interview with Mizuno by Deborah McLeod.

Crossing Boundaries concludes a year-long series of exhibitions and cultural programs entitled “California Visions.” Organized by the Long Beach Museum of Art, “California Visions” highlights the remarkable achievements of artists who were raised in the Golden State or who immigrated to California attracted by its beauty, its embrace of innovation or its promise of hope and opportunity.

Crossing Boundaries is made possible with the support of Steve and Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, the Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Pacific Crane Maintenance Company, Inc., the Boardman Family Foundation, the Pasadena Art Alliance, the LLWW Foundation, the Port of Long Beach, Venice Magazine, Yellow Book USA, an anonymous donor and many other generous sponsors.

Join us for these public programs:

Events for Everyone
Friday, November 18
11 a.m. – 5 p.m., FREE Friday

Join us for the public opening of Crossing Boundaries: The Ceramic Sculpture of Mineo Mizuno and the start of FREE Fridays at the Museum.  Every Friday is now free at the Long Beach Museum of Art thanks to generous support from the James Irvine Foundation.
Sunday, November 20
2 p.m., Boeing Classroom
Ikebana Flower Arrangement with artist Reiko Suzuki

Saturday, November 26
2 p.m., Museum Garden
Family Taiko Drumming
Come learn how to play Taiko drums!
Sundays, November 27, December 18 and January 15
Docent Spotlight Talk

Creativity Labs for Families
Sunday, December 4
2 – 4 p.m., Boeing Classroom
Clay Play, Part 1 of 2
(part 2 on Sunday, December 11)
This workshop will focus on ceramic artmaking techniques celebrating the
form and artistry of Mineo Mizuno.
Sunday, January 8
2 – 4 p.m., Boeing Classroom
Ukiyo-e Prints
Explore the ancient Japanese art of
Ukiyo-e printmaking.

About The Long Beach Museum of Art
Located on a magnificent bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Long Beach Museum of Art features changing exhibitions, artmaking workshops for all ages, an historic mansion and carriage house, expansive galleries and gardens, a beautiful oceanview restaurant Claire’s at the Museum and a wonderful gift store. The galleries and gift store are open Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Claire’s at the Museum, is open Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7/adults, $6/students & seniors, free for Museum Members and children under 12, and free every Friday thanks to generous support from the James Irvine Foundation. For more information, call (562) 439-2119 or visit <>.

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