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Martha Longenecker dies at 93; founder of Mingei International Museum
Martha Longenecker dies at 93; founder of Mingei International Museum

Martha Longenecker, who founded the Mingei International Museum that has a vast collection of ancient and current folk art in San Diego, was on a different path when she was an art student in the early 1950s at Claremont Graduate School. She was studying with a famed member of the California School of painters, Millard Sheets, and hoping for a career in fine art. Then two potters — one Japanese and the other English — came to the school for a seminar and spoke of their devotion to real-world art that had use in daily life. Also taking part was the philosopher Soetsu Yanagi, who started the mingei folk art movement in Japan devoted to handmade objects that were exquisite and...

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