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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, watches a couple dancing the jitterbug while a neighbor tries to sleep on the other side of a partition inside barracks at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. In this cutaway view, the image is bisected by an incomplete wooden partition with a man clutching his head as he lies in bed under covers below a knothole at right. Meanwhile, Mine sits in center foreground, head and shoulders visible, as a couple dance beside partially visible radio playing music; top of dancer's heads cut off.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 61. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 61. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 61.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. Drawing is on page 66 of book.

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