Preserving the artist's heritage

Mira Nakashima

Interviewed in 2008
Sponsored by James A. Michener Art Museum
Lynn Grater, Jane Loprest, Docents
Kathleen Malloy, Sharon Schwartz, Docents
Gilbert Winner, Videographer
Zoriana Siokalo, Advisor

- 1942 February 11 Born in Seattle, Washington.
- Interned with family in Minidoka, Idaho
- 1943 Released with family to Raymond farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
- 1948-1955 New Hope-Solebury Elementary and Junior High Schools
- 1955-1959 Solebury Private School
- 1959-1963  B.A. Architectural Sciences, Harvard University, cum laude in General Studies
- 1963 Tour of Japan with Zen Buddhist scholar Alan Watts
- 1964-1966 M. Arch. from Waseda University, Tokyo
- Collaboration with father and Tetsu Amagasu on Church of Christ the King in Kyoto, a reinforced concrete hyperbolic paraboloid shell roof.
- 1965 Marries classmate Tetsu Amagasu, son Satoru born in Tokyo
- 1966 Daughter Maria born in Trenton, New Jersey, Amagasu family moves to Pittsburgh
- 1968 Son Shanti born in Pittsburgh, PA
- 1970 Amagasu family moves back to New Hope, Mira begins part-time work at Studio
- 1972 Son Misha born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
- 1980 Divorce from Tetsu Amagasu
- 1985 Marriage to Jonathan Yarnall
- Grandchildren: Akio 1997, Maya, 2000, Toshi 2003, Sasha, 2004, Zeke 2005
- 1988-89-90  Research and curatorial assistant for “Full Circle” George Nakashima
- Retrospective Show, American Craft Museum, New York,  Michener Museum,
Doylestown, PA, and JACC in Los Angeles, CA            
- 1989 Krosnick House furnished with Nakashima furniture, burns down in Princeton, NJ, and rebuilding begins. (Job completed in 1993, some sold at Sotheby’s in 2007)
- 1990 “Full Circle” show returns to New Hope after Los Angeles installation.
George Nakashima dies in June. Mira assumes role as head of Studio.
Builds Pole Barn lumber storage in collaboration with Maria and Tetsu Amagasu
- 1991 Last show at Full Circle Gallery in Alexandria Virginia.
George Nakashima Memorial show at Odakyu Department Store in Tokyo
- 1993 Guest curator and advisor for George Nakashima Retrospective show sponsored by The Brain Trust in Tokyo, Asahikawa, Toyama, and Osaka, Japan.
Design and construction of Nakashima Memorial Reading Room at James A.
Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA.
- 1994 Design and production of show of new pieces “When Nature Smiles” curated by Mikio Shinagawa. Tenri Gallery, New York City
Design and publication of new catalogue with Robert Hunsicker, Pharos Studios.
- 1995 Design and construction of second Peace Altar for Russia, dedicated at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
- 1996 Design, construction and installation of third Peace Altar for Auroville, India
- 1997 Design and production of furniture for Ultimo boutiques in San Francisco, CA and Dallas, TX in collaboration with architect Michael Gabellini
- 1998 “Keisho” show of new work opens in collaboration with Robert Aibel and the Moderne Gallery in Philadelphia, followed by publishing catalogue of new
Colleen Rosenblatt show-room in Hamburg, Germany with Gabellini.
Starts research for book and film documentary with John Terry Nakashima.
- 1999 With Michael Gabellini and Sakura Seisakusho of Japan, design and production of furnishings for Nicole Farhi boutique in New York City 
- 2001 James A. Michener Art Museum show and book “George Nakashima and the Modernist Moment”
- 2003 Show of new and vintage furniture at Terminal D, Philadelphia Airport.
November: Nature, Form and Spirit released by Harry N. Abrams, Inc
Book launch by Robert Aibel at the Moderne Gallery in Philadelphia and
exhibition “Celebrating the Nakashima Legacy.”
George Nakashima show opens at Mingei International Museum in San Diego.
- 2004 April: Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishings display and book-signing
- 2004 June: Lecture and book-signing with Robert Aibel at SOFA New York.
- 2004 June: Mingei International show to Sun Valley Art Center, Idaho 
Nakashima show at Japanese-American National Museum in Los Angeles, CA
-2006 Exhibition produced in Japan for Seoul Living Fair,
Show of vintage work at Kukje Gallery by New York’s 1950 Gallery in Seoul,
“Works in Wood” show participant in New Hope, PA October-December
Show of all new works at Perry Rubenstein Gallery in New York
“Dialogues with Design Legends” talk at 92nd Street Y in New York
Talk at Appraisers Association of America at National Arts Club
- 2007 Book-signing at Philadelphia Furniture Show
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce “Art in Wood” show participant, April
May 17 Panel Discussion of Nakashima at Freeman’s Auction, Philadelphia, PA
Segment of PBS TV documentary, “Craft in America”   
Participant in “Craft in America” Exhibition:
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA
- 2008 “Craft in America” installations at:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, TX
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Show at Four Winds Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
- 2009 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Mira Nakashima
1847 Aquetong Road, New Hope, PA 18938