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Inspired by the Japanese 20th century scholar Soetsu Yanagi who coined the term MINGEI – ART OF THE PEOPLE, Martha
W. Longenecker, an educator and artist, founded the Mingei International Museum in 1978. She was its director for many years, organized many exhibitions and published a number of books. While Ms. Longenecker was closely associated with the arts and crafts of Japan and knew many of the artists now declared National Treasures, the Mingei Museum exhibits the arts, crafts and designs from all eras and cultures of the world – 141 to be exact. Ms. Longenecker died at the age of 93 on October 30, 2013.

I had the chance to visit the museum a few times and frequently use their book/exhibition catalogues about Asian textiles and jewelry.

Here is what the museum has to say about Ms. Longenecker:



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