Supercute Hello Kitty Art Show at EMP Museum!




Exhibition Logo - Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

In 1974, a small vinyl coin purse debuted in Japan with the first-ever image of Hello Kitty. Since then, Hello Kitty’s now-iconic face has adorned everything from children’s notebooks and backpacks to jumbo jets and widely-recognized celebrity outfits—and now she’s coming to EMP! Be the first to explore the new exhibit, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, and celebrate her arrival at the Hello Kitty Supercute Opening Party.


Snap a picture with Hello Kitty herself, and enjoy Hello Kitty games and kawaii (“cute”) crafts like origami and jewelry making, a Hello Kitty attire Supercute Fashion Parade in partnership with UNIQLO, Cuteness Manicures with Julep, a J-pop dance party featuring DJ Hojo of JK Pop, the Hello Kitty-shaped Time After Time Capsule, plus much more!

Friday, November 13, 2015; 7:00pm–midnight; EMP Museum
$25 ($20 EMP members), $10 youth 5–17, free for children 4 and under; all ages, 21+ beer garden

Kazuki Takamatsu - Final

In addition to all the great art by such luminaries as Gary Basemen, Paul Frank and Audrey Kawasaki, there will be a Fender Squier Hello Kitty Stratocaster, owned and played in concert by Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, and it will be exclusively on display at the exhibit which opens to the public on November 14, 2015.

Another special feature added to the exhibit is the “Time After Time Capsule,” a giant nine foot tall sculpture of Hello Kitty, by artist Sebastian Masuda. Visitors will be invited to add a personal object, postcard, kawaii (cute) craft, or special message to the time capsule which will journey to several cities and culminate in 2020 at the Tokyo Olympics.

Hello Kitty Food Truck

The Hello Kitty Cafe is bringing all things Hello Kitty to EMP during the opening weekend of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. The Hello Kitty Cafe truck is a mobile vehicle of cuteness that offers yummy macarons, delicious mini cakes, Hello Kitty cookies, bow-shaped water bottles, and other supercute goodies, each infused with unique Hello Kitty details for all to enjoy. This is the first Seattle appearance for the Hello Kitty Cafe truck, and you’ll be able to find them on EMP’s outdoor plaza.

Saturday, November 14, 2015; 10:00am–6:00pm; Outdoor Plaza at EMP Museum
Sunday, November 15, 2015; 10:00am–5:00pm; Outdoor Plaza at EMP Museum

More details and tickets at EMP Museum website

Hello Kitty coming to Seattle!

Hello Kitty meets Star Wars at EMP
Hello Kitty meets Star Wars at EMP

Hello! Super Cute Fun-Filled Hello Kitty show coming from Los Angeles to Experience Music Project in Seattle.

The first large-scale Hello Kitty museum retrospective in the United States will be on display at EMP Museum and is scheduled to open on November 14, 2015. Created in celebration of the pop icon’s 40th Anniversary, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty is organized by Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for Hello Kitty, and the Japanese American National Museum , where the exhibition originated. The show examines the history of Hello Kitty and her influence on popular culture, combining a product-based historical and sociological examination of Hello Kitty with more than 600 rare and unique pieces from Sanrio’s archives, and an installation of over 40 mixed media works by artists from around the world demonstrating Hello Kitty’s influence on contemporary art. Hello! invites the public to learn more about and gain new appreciation for the evolution of Hello Kitty, the role she has played bridging Japanese and American cultures in the U.S., and fans’ emotional connection to her. Hello! will be on view at EMP through May 15, 2016. Plans are underway for the exhibition to travel to additional museums across the U.S.

Hello KItty Abe Lincoln

“Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty offers an in-depth look at the evolution of Hello Kitty and her impact on pop culture around the world,” said Jill Koch, Sr. Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing of Sanrio, Inc. “After a successful run at the Japanese American National Museum, we are excited to bring the exhibition to EMP and share the experience with more fans. EMP, whose mission of reaching multigenerational audiences through powerful exhibits and programming focused on contemporary culture, is the perfect home for our retrospective.”

Hello! originated at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, where it drew record-breaking attendance from visitors of all ages from around the world. The exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, and Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of pop culture-inspired boutique JapanLA, located in Los Angeles.

Hello Kitty Gary Baseman

This should be a fun exhibit featuring artifacts from Sanrio’s archives including a variety of plush spanning a 40 year timeline, Hello Kitty’s first telephone, stationery items, and many more vintage products from the 1970s and 1980s along with contemporary objects such as the one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty dress worn by Lady Gaga, a couture bustier worn by Katy Perry, diamond jewelry, and a Hello Kitty talking robot, allowing fans to connect to Hello Kitty’s history and view her evolution as a true cultural ambassador.

Audrey Kawasaki