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Museum showing where Japanese design and American pop cultur meet

Posted by boston.com  November 7, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Peabody Essex Museum:

On Thursday, November 21, the Peabody Essex Museum is open late for PEM/PM, the monthly evening party series that’s free to members and Salem residents.

PEM turns to a night of anime and manga during the new exhibition Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion. Explore how creative exports of Japanese animation and comic books have taken America by storm. Celebrate with a visual music performance by VJ Beyonder Domela and help create the world's largest manga (or at least try!) with professional graphic artists Andy and Veronica Fish.

Take a stroll through Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion, an exhibition of nearly 100 dresses, skirts, gowns and suits that celebrate the ingenuity and innovation of contemporary Japanese fashion designers. Since the early 1980s, designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto have reshaped couture as well as popular fashion and launched a revolution that marks the first time a non-Western culture has significantly transformed the global fashion world. Through innovations in form, technique, material and approach, Japanese designers have challenged conventional ideas of beauty and helped recast fashion as a vital and nuanced art form.

PEM once again partners with The Tannery Series, an organization that brings to the North Shore authors whose writing confronts the world in essential and curious ways. Join an engaging conversation led by Roland Kelts, a lecturer at the University of Tokyo and author of the highly regarded Japanamerica, and Robin Brenner, editor-in-chief of the graphic novel review website No Flying No Tights and the teen librarian at the Brookline Public Library.

Members and Salem residents FREE | Nonmembers $10 at the door
No reservations required  | Cash bar

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ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents outstanding works of artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture as well as outstanding Asian, Asian export, Native American, African, Oceanic, maritime and photography collections. In addition to its vast holdings, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a newly redesigned interactive education center. The museum campus features numerous period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House , a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. Currently, a comprehensive $650 million Campaign is underway to advance PEM's mission, fortify its endowment, improve infrastructures and build a 175,000-square-foot expansion.

HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and the third Thursday of every month until 9:30 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit pem.org

MEDIA CONTACTS:
April Swieconek | Director of Public Relations | april@pem.org | 978-542-1609
Whitney Van Dyke | Senior Press Officer | whitney_vandyke@pem.org | 978-542-1828
Dinah Cardin | Press Officer / Special Projects Writer | dinah_cardin@pem.org | 978-542-1830

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