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The Grand Opening! March 15, 2014
Sherman Library Art Show
"One Thousand Bears Project"
by Maco Kumano and John Charles
October 5 - November 28, 2018
Artist Reception October 5, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Sherman Library is pleased to announce a show of the “One Thousand Bears Project” by Mako Kumano and John Charles. They use teddy bears in images around the world, inviting a multitude of interpretations and reactions on a number of levels. The photographs can make you smile and they can make you think.
“Why teddy bears?” Bears are signifiers. No one ever asks if a teddy bear is American or foreign, white or black, straight or LGBT, Democrat or Republican. No one ever asks a teddy bear its religion. Using the bears in different settings, Mako and John create artwork to challenge perceptions and expectations, and to force a critical reevaluation of unexamined preconceptions. The images interrogate cultural self-identities and create emotional connections. They reverberate among cross-cultural artifacts, icons and people. They create unexpected juxtapositions inviting contemplation and reflection. Teddy bears help us point out inconsistencies in our mass political and economic culture, precisely because they preclude the imposition of “human” prejudices (and thereby serve as a role model for all of us!).
Mako Kumano was born in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. She has spent her professional career in Tokyo and New York. As Producer at One Thousand Bears Project, Ms. Kumano has collaborated with John Charles in the exhibition of his work in locations in Tokyo, Kyoto, Komatsu and Utsunomiya, Japan; Jiangxi, China; Azoguez, Ecuador; and institutions in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit and Santa Barbara. Ms. Kumano received acclaim for producing a performance of Yoko Ono's Bag Piece at the Museum of Modern Art in August, 2015. Like Mr. Charles, she participates in philanthropic activities, which have supported children’s health issues, women’s rights and endangered animal species.
Born in the Midwest, John Charles began his study of photography as a pre-teen, in order to document a family trip to the Gettysburg battleground, one of his earliest experiences in grappling with the implications of cross-cultural conflicts. He gained further insights into the clash of cultures – both religious and national – when he transferred from a Catholic primary school in Ohio to an evangelical Christian missionary high school in Korea, due to his father’s job relocation. Additional knowledge of the complexity of cultural constructs was gained by moving to Japan after living in Korea, and realizing that much of the history he learned in Korea was subject to reinterpretation from a Japanese perspective.
One Thousand Bears Project is a private philanthropy using teddy bears to put smiles on people’s faces through donations of museum quality, limited edition, fine art photographic prints of teddy bears to hospitals and hospices, giving their patients – especially children – a reason to smile and to charity auctions to help them raise money for their own organizations benefiting children and endangered bears. Their prints currently hang in such hospitals as the Cleveland Clinic, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and the children’s medical centers at the University of Chicago and the University of California, among other hospitals and hospices in the US, Japan, China and Ecuador. Their works are also in private and museum collections in the United States and Japan.
The teddy bears also entertain their fans with their stories on Facebook “John.Charles.1000Bears” or One Thousand Bears Project. For more information about the One Thousand Bears Project visit: www.OneThousandBears.com.
The JCC in Sherman and the Sherman Library are co-hosting
November 2nd, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Sherman Library
Global Health: Progress and Challenge
Free and open to everyone in the community
The Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching a DVD and meeting in a group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.
Please register by contacting the JCC in Sherman at 860-355-8050 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Sherman Library at 860-354-2455 or SL@biblio.org. When you register, you will receive a briefing book with chapters pertaining to the topics covered.
To register online or for the complete list of dates, topic descriptions and locations please visit the JCC website.
Relaxation with Yoga Nidra
2nd Friday of the month. Yoga 7 - 8 p.m.
followed by refreshments
Through December 14
Knitting & Needle Arts Creativity
2nd Wednesday of the month. 7 - 9 p.m.
Through November 14 (No program in August)
4th Friday of the month. 8 p.m. – midnight
Through December 22
3rd Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m
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