The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will present “Japanese Kites: A Vanishing Art” on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. in Brown Auditorium.

Daruma Kite, c. 1960, from the collection of David M. Kahn. Photo courtesy of David M. Kahn.

Collector David M. Kahn will speak about hand-painted kites, a unique genre of mingei that is little known in the U.S. and produced by a rapidly shrinking number of traditional craftsmen in Japan.

He will focus on works that are included in an exhibition at Santa Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art through March 23, 2014, with approximately 250 hand-painted kites dating primarily to the Showa period, along with related woodblock patterns, books, and other materials. 

The event is free, but tickets are required and available at the ticket office one hour before the start of the event.

Sponsored by the East Asian Art Council.

Also at LACMA, “Lingering Dreams: Japanese Painting of the 17th Century” is on view at the Pavilion for Japanese Art through Nov. 24.

LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 857-6000, email or visit

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