Museum Exhibits

Exhibit of Nisei fiber artist Sekimachi’s work weaves inner life and character

BERKELEY, Calif. — Internationally acclaimed master weaver and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi loves playing with opposing forces: the soft and the rigid, inside and out. The 94-year-old Nisei is the subject of an exhibition entitled “Kay Sekimachi: Geometries,” currently at the Berkeley Art Museum. “Geometries” includes more than 50 objects that were created on the […]

Sansei artists emerge from ‘Shadows from the Past’

Bay Area artist Na Omi Judy Shintani remembers the day several years ago when her Nisei father walked up to a barrack just like the one that once housed him and his family at the Tule Lake, Calif. concentration camp, and in a fit of rage, literally started ripping the wooden boards off the walls […]

New online exhibition highlights LGBTQ Japanese American pioneers

A new online historical exhibition hosted by J-Sei aims to shake up the notion of who the Issei were by exploring queer Japanese Americans prior to 1945. Stan Yogi and Amy Sueyoshi, co-curators of the exhibit, discussed their efforts in an exhibit opening hosted via Zoom by J-Sei, a multi-generational Japanese American organization based in […]

On healing the ache of the familiar

There is a particular ache that many Japanese Americans feel when we see images of our World War II mass incarceration, or “camp.” It’s a bittersweet struggle with recognition and connection across barriers of time and space. If the faces and settings are not our relatives, the chilling fact remains that they might be, or […]

L.A. museum opens exhibition on Japanese American A-bomb victims

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — An exhibition featuring the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki opened Nov. 9 in Los Angeles, telling the stories of Japanese Americans who were in those cities when the bombs dropped in August 1945. Marking the 75th anniversary of the tragedies, the Japanese American National Museum will run the event through […]

Exhibit at JANM celebrates emergence of APA consciousness

LOS ANGELES — “At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America,” a multi-media exhibit celebrating the emergence of a politically defined Asian Pacific American consciousness and identity, is now on display through Oct. 20 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. This co-production of Visual Communications and JANM chronicles the transformation of […]

Henry Sugimoto exhibition on wartime incarceration opens in Yokohama

  YOKOHAMA, Japan — Many Japanese people learn in school that Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 8, 1941 (Dec. 7 in the United States). But not so many know what happened to Japanese Americans on Feb. 19, 1942, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. They are starting to find out, however, […]

‘LIFE ITSELF IS OUR TREASURE’: Remembering the Battle of Okinawa

On April 1, 1945, 75,000 American troops landed at Hagushi Bay, on the west coast of Okinawa. Eighty-two days of fighting followed in what became known as the “Typhoon of Steel,” resulting in 200,000 deaths and a decimated island. The last major campaign of World War II, the Battle of Okinawa persists in the minds […]

A Sensory Feast at the Kearney Street Workshop Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, February 4, from 6 to 9 p.m.) the Kearny Street Workshop is opening  “A Sensory Feast,” an art exhibit “where you can experience food and art not just by eating and seeing, but also through your other senses of feeling, hearing, and smelling.” The exhibit will run through Feb. 24, but there is […]

The secret life of trees: Ayako Harashima’s ‘Portraits of Nature’ at the Berkeley Public Library

Rolling hills, brown fields, clusters of light-dappled olive trees and not much else surround a medieval church in rural San Galgano, Italy. For a year, Ayako Harashima and 12 other artists lived in the church, entirely removed from society, with only the barest necessities. They would occasionally make the hour-and-a-half walk through the woods and […]

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