Above the Fold Opening Party

Friday, May 8, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Tickets now on sale!

Be the first to see the Hermitage completely transformed for our spring exhibit. Wander through the various rooms of the Sloane mansion to discover innovative origami from nine internationally-acclaimed artists. We're stepping our opening up a notch with live entertainment, complimentary hors d'oeuvres by Catering Concepts, a full cash bar, and origami demos by Rich Gray. Each ticket includes one free beer or wine drink. Space is limited, don't miss this unforgettable evening!

Members $20 | Non-Members $30
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The Hermitage is pleased to announce Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami; an engaging, thought-provoking, and interdisciplinary look at the modern advances of origami through contemporary artwork. Curated by Meher McArthur and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Above the Fold will be on view from May 8th through July 26, 2015.

Above the Fold demonstrates the extraordinary artistic achievements being made in the world of contemporary origami. In the hands of nine international artists, what was once considered a children’s craft becomes a sophisticated and often breathtaking global art form. Paper is transformed into dramatic sculpture, large-scale installations and conceptual works that express contemporary social, political, aesthetic, and cultural dialogues. Above the Fold is the first traveling exhibition to bring a group of origami installations and conceptual sculptures from around the world to North American audiences.

Visionary master folders—such as Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine (Canada/USA), Jiangmei Wu (USA), Vincent Floderer (France), Miri Golan (Israel), Paul Jackson (UK/Israel), Dr. Robert J. Lang (USA), Yuko Nishimura (Japan), and Richard Sweeney (UK)—push the boundaries of paper as a medium to create bold, provocative works.

Origami, literally meaning “paper folding,” has evolved from a Japanese craft into a highly expressive, global art form that intersects and impacts the realms of art and science. Today, artists from all over the world are folding paper into increasingly elaborate and provocative sculptural works, while scientists and mathematicians are using origami to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Since even our DNA is folded, origami artist Paul Jackson has expressed, “You and I are born from folding.” We are all, in essence, works of origami.

Each artist has created pieces specifically for this tour—and together for the first time, their collective works will present unique and, “above the fold” commentaries on diverse aspects of modern life and art.

Above images:
1. Richard Sweeney, Column, 2012. Folded paper, steel dowels, mylar strings.
Photo © Richard Sweeney.
2. Yuko Nishimura, Sparkle, 2004. Paper. Photo © Yuko Nishimura.
3. Erik DeMaine and Martin DeMaine, Kentucky Series: Together, 2012. Mi-Teintes watercolor paper. Photo © Erik DeMaine and Martin DeMaine.

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A word about our sponsors:
During this exhibition the Hermitage aims to create a meaningful connection between our community and what we present. Through our partnerships with Decorum Furniture and Hardy's The Art of Jewelry we hope to broaden the concept of what art is and how woven it is into our daily lives outside of the museum. Each of these local businesses elevates a former craft to an art form. The legacy of the Hermitage is to showcase the arts in all of their forms and we'll continue to test the boundaries of what that means.