Julia Murakami

Julia Murakami is a Yonsei native Angeleno. When not volunteering at the Japanese American National Museum, she’s a self-employed insurance and risk management consultant.

Updated September 2009

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Creating a Fresh Look at Kokeshi

Two curators + three sections + over 110 artists + more than 300 art pieces. Combining these many and varied parts into a single museum exhibition, Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy, was the task of Maria Kwong, who curated the show on behalf of the Los Angeles Toy, Doll & Amusements Museum (LATDA) and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM).

Kwong, who is affiliated with both institutions, had researched the kokeshi (a traditional Japanese wooden doll form) in connection with an earlier LATDA vinyl toy show but the combination didn’t work. She continued to notice the kokeshi doll icon in works ...

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