Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami

May 16 - September 21, 2014

"...a rare, fantastic experience... should not be missed." - International Examiner

This unique exhibition explores the history and evolution of paper folding. Over 140 works by 45 master folders from around the world—from countries as diverse as Japan, the United States, Uruguay, and Russia—showcase the power of origami and its modern-day application in the field of engineering, design, fashion, and the global peace movement. Works range from lifelike and representational to mathematical and computer-generated, lyrical and abstract to social and political. Considered a children's craft for many centuries, Folding Paper pays tribute to the many artists and activists who have elevated origami to a recognized art form as sophisticated and meaningful as any other.

Purchase the exhibition catalogue in the Museum Store.


Robert J. Lang, Emperor Scorpion HP, opus 593, 2011
One uncut square of Korean hanji paper. 3 x 4 x 7 in.

Photo: Robert J. Lang

Folding Paper is curated by Meher McArthur with tour organized by the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, and International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition was generously supported by the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.