Calendar of Events — January 2019
All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.
Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals).
For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.
Members Only Exhibition Tour: Kaiju vs Heroes
In California in the 1970s, Mark Nagata was living an all-American childhood when an aunt and uncle serving on a US military base in Japan sent him a box filled with colorful kaiju and hero toys. For Nagata, those toys and the artwork of their packaging inspired him to study art, to zealously collect vintage Japanese vinyl toys, and to become a toy designer himself.
Join Mark Nagata for a gallery tour during which he’ll share more about his passion and his collection of toys. Limited to 25 participants.
RSVP by January 2 using the link below. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 213.830.5646.
2019 Oshogatsu Family Festival - Year of the Boar
FREE ALL DAY!
Welcome the Year of the Boar with with crafts, food, cultural activities, and performances!
…and so much more!
Visit janm.org/oshogatsufest2019 for complete schedule.
Sponsored by Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, and The Nissan Foundation.
Artist Conversation with Mark Nagata
12:30 p.m.–1 p.m.: Artist Conversation
1 p.m.–2 p.m.: Toy and Print Signing with Mark Nagata and Gerald Okamura
Presented in conjunction with Oshogatsu Family Festival
To mark the release of Kaiju vs Heroes artist Mark Nagata’s latest special edition sofubi toy figure—an homage to the character played by Gerald Okamura in the movie Big Trouble in Little China—Nagata will discuss how this project came to fruition. Reserved seating for JANM members.
Nagata and Okamura will sign figures and a special print of the header art for the toy. The figure is hand-painted by Mark and limited to 45 pieces. Express line for members.
Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese
Two-Day Workshop: Indigo, Shibori, and the Making of an Offering Bag
Saturday–Sunday, January 19–20
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
In a departure from the regular indigo and shibori workshop, the first day of this workshop will focus on indigo and shibori dyeing of recycled fabrics and threads. Those will then be used the following day to make a replica of a komebukuro, or offering bag. These bags, in which offerings were taken to the local temple, were originally made from either scraps of leftover and reusable household textiles or from unused family kimonos.
As inspiration as well as for construction ideas, we will study several pieces of antique boro (tattered and mended) textiles and both antique and vintage komebukuro bags. Several contemporary pieces will also be on display. Fabrics will include hemp, silk, cotton, and linen.
$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.
In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center
ZÓCALO—How Has America Survived Two Centuries of Capitalism?
A Zócalo/KCRW “Critical Thinking with Warren Olney” Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
Moderated by Warren Olney, Host, KCRW’s “To the Point”
The United States is envied around the world for its unparalleled wealth. But its riches would not have been possible without what Alan Greenspan has called America’s “unique tolerance” for the messy effects of capitalism’s creative destruction.
What is so special about our brand of capitalism that generations of Americans have been willing to endure so much wrenching change in its service? What moments in history have shaped America’s complicated relationship with capitalism? And how have Americans tried to balance our tolerance of economic inequality with our nation’s long-stated principles of fairness and justice?
Economist political editor Adrian Wooldridge, co-author of Capitalism in America: A History, visits Zócalo to examine America’s enduring affection for an economic system that produces so much pain alongside its gains.
In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood.
$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.