Tea has long been associated with the arts. Performance art, architecture and pottery all play a part in the history of the beverage. Today, that history comes alive as museums around the country offer opportunities for us to experience this art for ourselves.
As far back as the 15th century, tea ceremonies began to take on cultural significance in Japan. Commonly called the “way of tea,” the ceremonies are characterized by simplicity, naturalism, asymmetrical design and uncluttered architectural space. Continuing through November 2008, you can learn about all the elements of the tea ceremony, including tearoom design, at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Can’t get away? Then listen to the tearoom podcast for a short audio tour.
The art of tea also includes sculptural form, such as porcelain, stoneware and earthenware. Through a traveling art exhibit “Teapots: Object to Subject,” the public can catch glimpses into the richness of this medium in events scheduled through 2010. Visit Exhibits USA for the tour schedule, or click the exhibition image for quick preview slideshow!
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