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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, sits at back of crowd watching a movie in the grandstands of Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine's head and shoulders are visible in the bottom left corner next to a crying child. The large room is filled with people sitting on blankets at front and chairs or stools in the back. The movie screen is a distant rectangle at top right corner; the small figure of a man sits behind the projector up by the front rows. Windows line the wall across the top.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 83. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 83. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 83.

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 87 of book.

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