These events at The Walters Art Museum are related to the exhibition entitled Japanese Cloisonné Enamels from the Stephen W. Fisher Collection. There is a lot more to see and do at the museum. For a complete list programs and events at the Walters, browse our online calendar.

Curator Talk
Beautiful Treasures: Japanese Cloisonne' Enamels, Stephen W. Fisher Collection

NEW TIME: Sunday, February 28, 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Exhibition curator Rob Mintz provides an introduction to the art of Japanese enamel decoration highlighting nature-inspired designs and outlining the complex techniques that led to the creation of these beautiful objects.

21st Art Blooms at the Walters Art Museum Fish, Fowl, Flowers: The Golden Age of Cloisonné

Art Blooms 2010

Date: April 08, 2010 - April 11, 2010
Admission: FREE
The Women’s Committee sponsors this annual event that features regional garden clubs interpreting pieces of art in the museum. Thirty regional garden clubs will interpret objects from the Japanese Cloisonné exhibition. This 3 day event includes lectures and demonstrations by renowned floral designers, a preview party, and docent lead discussions in the galleries.


The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War

Date: March 07, 2010 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Members: Free; Non-Members: $10; Students: $5
Norman Steinman fought in the Philippines in 1945 in the 25th Infantry Division, and after his death in 1990, his daughter, Louise, discovered a box of letters and souvenirs. The discovery of a silk Japanese flag launched her on a journey to Hiroshima and the fallen Japanese soldier's home, exposing grim realities of war and her father's postwar melancholy.

Decades Later: Reverberations of a Poet's Life in Japan

Date: Sunday, March 28, 2 p.m.
Admission: Free; pre-registration recommended
Baltimore-based Mary Jo Salter has been praised by The New York Times Book Review: "Only a few poets transcend the history of taste to participate in the history of art—and only in a handful of poems. Salter has been struck by lightning more than once." Salter, author of six books of poetry, including A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems (2008), has lived for extensive periods in Kyoto (during the 80s), London , Reykjavik , and Paris . Reciting directly from her work, she'll feature selections from Henry Purcell in Japan (1985); her favorite haiku; and reflect on her former life in Asia. Mary Jo Salter is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Director of Graduate Studies at The Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University.

From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern Science of Origami

Date: April 15, 2010 7-8 p.m.
Admission: Members: Free; Non-Members: $10; Students: $5
Robert J. Lang has pioneered a new kind of origami using math and engineering principles, resulting in mind-blowing beautiful, practical and intricate folded designs. As often happens in mathematics, a theory originally developed for its own sake has led to surprising practical applications. Scientists are examining and applying origami patterns, capable of having hundreds of folds, and are developing the technique of compacting an immense 100 meter space telescope into a tight, orderly package. Robert J. Lang recognized as one of the world’s foremost origami artists with a Ph.D. in applied physics at the California Institute of Technology and a recipient of Caltech’s highest honor in 2009, the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Intricate Connections: Cloisonné Connoisseurship

Date: May 06, 2010 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Admission: Free
Stephen W. Fisher, Designer and Collector will show how the works in his cloisonné collection divide into three schools: conservative, transparent and exotic. This is part of our "Lunch & Learn" series. Bring your lunch and hear a lecture.

Asian Spring Family Festival

Time: April 24, 2010 10-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
It’s springtime in Asia! Jump into the colors, sights, and sounds of the season! Connect with China, India, and Japan through costumes, music, dance, and storytelling from these far-away lands! Create artwork inspired by ancient traditions and learn amazing techniques including paper cutting and beading from local artists.


Free Walk-In Tours

Time: Sunday, March 7, 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Walk right in and enjoy free docent-led tours of the special exhibition. No reservations are required. Meet in the Centre Street Lobby near the Visitor Services Desk.

Frozen Poetry: The Elegant Language of Japanese Enamels

Time: Mar. 10, 2 p.m.
Admission: Free for members
Join Rob Mintz, Associate Curator of Asian Art, for an exploration of the journey that cloisonné enamels made from the pre-industrial workshops of to the grand domestic interiors of Europe and . This tour will also touch on methods found in the Japanese Cloisonné Enamels exhibition. This is a members-only tour. If you're not a member yet, you can become a member of The Walters Art Museum online.

Selling the Nation: Japanese Art and the Modern World

Time: April 14, 2 p.m.
Admission: Free for members
Join Rob Mintz, Associate Curator of Asian Art, for a discussion and stroll through our Japanese Cloisonné Enamels exhibition where you will explore the poetic nature of Japanese enamel decoration and the many threads that tie it to the literary wonder that is the Japanese haiku. This is a members-only tour. If you're not a member yet, you can become a member of The Walters Art Museum online.


The Art of Reading Book Club

Admission: Free for members; $5 for non-members
The book club will meet to discuss The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery on March 14, 2010 and American Fuji by Sara Backer on May 2, 2010.

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First Fridays at the Walters: Tokyo Nights

Date: March 05, 2010 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Monthly First Friday event with a "Tokyo Nights" theme!

First Friday: The Silk Road

Date: April 02, 2010 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Admission: Free
Join us for entertainment, music, and cocktails as we celebrate the arts of the famous Silk Road. First Fridays is the “it” place to mix, mingle, and enjoy art, culture, and new friends!

College And Arts Community Night: Harajuku, Anime

Date: April 15, 2010 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
A lively night featuring a Baltimore version of a Harajuku fashion show, hyper-lectures on manga comics, selections of anime films, Japanese treats and Tokyo sounds interpreted by Baltimore DJs.

Japanese Cloisonne Enamels