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The Modern Art of Sogetsu Ikebana

Los Angeles architect and ikebana teacher Ravi GuneWardena will present a lecture on Sogetsu, one of the major schools of ikebana in Japan, and follow with a demonstration of floral arrangements.

$12 (1 hr)

Category: @Palm Springs, @CAMP Theater, Landscape, Presentation, Talk, *Newly Added

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Los Angeles architect and ikebana teacher Ravi GuneWardena will present a lecture on Sogetsu, one of the major schools of ikebana in Japan, and follow with a demonstration of floral arrangements. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging, which traces its history to the 15th century.  The Sogetsu School, founded in 1927 to position the practice as a contemporary art form, has a long history of collaborations with modern artists and provided a forum for contemporary art, film, music, and performance throughout the 20th century.  The school’s teachers in Los Angeles have added a vibrant dimension to the cultural life of Southern California’s Japanese-American Community.

Ravi has been a practitioner of ikebana since 2005 under the tutelage of Haruko Takeichi, a master in the Sogetsu School. During his recent tenure as director of Sogetsu Los Angeles, he facilitated collaborations with various local artists and organizations, expanding the visibility of ikebana as a contemporary art.  Recent large installations include Pile-Up at WUHO Gallery (Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost) (2018); Toward a Raw Materialism, a group exhibition with artists Patty Chang, David Kelley, Ravi GuneWardena, and Miles Coolidge at UC Irvine (2021); and Common Ground, an ikebana collaboration with artist Adam Silverman at JACCC, Los Angeles in 2022.

As a partner at Escher GuneWardena Architecture, he has been involved with the restoration of numerous modernist works, including John Lautner’s Chemosphere, the Eames House, Gregory Ain’s Greene Residence, the Paul R. Williams Residence, Quincy Jones’ Pilot House, and the Neutra Lovell Health House.   eschergunewardena.com

$12

Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
Ample free public parking is available. Enter at Hyatt on Palm Canyon Drive or in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 
CAMP Theater, Hyatt Palm Springs, 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Ravi GuneWardena

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