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Sukkah Studio: Creating New Traditions, One Cup at a Time | C.K. Itamura

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 | 11am–3pm


Free Open Studio

Teatime is reinvented as a new tradition, with tea, treats and a twist during this installment of Sukkah Studio. Artist C.K.Itamura’s participatory social practice project invites visitors of all ages to sit in the sukkah, sip tea with the artist, enjoy light snacks, reflect on the idea of creating new traditions, and paint hand-formed paper tea cups that will later become part of a large installation of over ten thousand pieces painted by hundreds of people over the course of multiple years.

s+oryprobl=m :: 156 posits one question and provides one possible solution:

“What can you do with: the weight of your entire being; the tools you know how to use; and the materials at your disposal, to practice meaningful rituals and positive, thoughtful communication… which create artifacts of time and intention well spent in the company of others?”


C.K. Itamura

C.K.Itamura is an autodidactic interdisciplinary artist, designer, and producer. Her work blurs the lines between mediums as she combines tangible materials, sensory prompts, book arts, photography, language, time, and space to create visual work, participatory projects, and conceptual installations. Learn more at

about sukkah studios

Inspired by the holiday of Sukkot, a Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest, The CJM has built its own sukkah (meaning “booth” or “hut”) for gathering and community building. The Museum invited six local artists to inhabit our Sukkah Studio as an open studio, providing an inviting space for the artists to share their practice with visitors and work with interested folks to make something together.

Each artist will inhabit the Sukkah Studio for one day. Drop by the sukkah in the Koret Taube Grand Lobby for one open studio or attend all of them!


The CJM strives for a welcoming environment for all of our visitors. In addition to ample space for wheelchairs and a friendly environment for service animals, sign language interpretation (ASL) can be scheduled for all programs with at least two weeks notice.

FM assistive listening devices (ALDs) for sound enhancement are available for all talks and tours. Please note that we would like to maintain this as a scent-free environment, and encourage visitors to refrain from using scented products out of respect for visitors with allergies or chemical sensitivities. For additional accommodation requests, please contact The CJM’s Access and Community Engagement Manager at or 415-655-7856.


Sukkah Studio is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.

The wood for this sukkah was donated in part by SapphirePine.

SapphirePine transforms some of the 100 million California trees killed by drought and tiny mountain beetles into beautiful furniture and durable lumber. The beetles that kill the trees also bring a blue-stain fungus that give the wood its stunning blue, green, and orange highlights. Sapphire Pine gives this wood a new life. For more information, please visit