Museum Exhibits

‘Distillations’ exhibit captures Japanese American identity

“Distillation: Meditations on the Japanese American Experience” opened last week at John F. Kennedy University’s Arts & Consciousness Gallery in Berkeley. It offers a unique portrayal of Japanese American identity through the lens of Sansei, or third-generation Japanese Americans. With more than 70 works of art, the four artists — Reiko Fujii, Lucien Kubo, Shizue […]

JANM features Issei clothing from Hawaiian plantations

LOS ANGELES — An exhibit featuring textiles and clothing used by Japanese immigrants to Hawai‘i from the late 19th century through the early 20th century, collected and documented by Barbara Kawakami, is on display at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Little Tokyo through Aug. 22. The exhibit, “Textured Lives: Japanese Immigrant Clothing from […]

Exhibit, lecture puts Kanrin Maru into context

With the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese ship to America, many groups are seizing the moment to celebrate the establishment of diplomatic relations that paved the way for today’s strong U.S.-Japan alliance. A recent event and ongoing exhibit at the Japan Information Center delve deeper into the reality of the voyage […]

NJAHS exhibits concentration camp artifacts

The National Japanese American Historical Society’s (NJAHS) exhibit, “Sa sa e: Camp Objects of Memory,” currently on display at the San Francisco Japantown nonprofit’s Peace Gallery, offers a glimpse of what Japanese Americans experienced in American concentration camps during World War II. “Sa sa e” means to sustain or support, explained Rosalyn Tonai, executive director […]

SFMOMA’s First Postwar Japanese Photography Exhibit Charts the Evolution of Japanese Art and Society

A young woman sitting in a garden, her kimono pulled back defiantly to reveal a single naked breast. A stray dog, glaring menacingly, teeth bared. A woman’s head, eyes gaping, jammed beneath the armpit of a muscular man, seemingly detached from her body but very much alive. These are images from postwar Japan as seen […]

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