Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Series: Member Events


Exclusive events for our members such as exhibition tours and receptions.

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All programs are free for JANM members and free 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 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.


Saturday, February 27, 2016
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Members' Preview Day and Reception: Making Waves and Two Views


The museum’s two new temporary exhibitions—Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940 and Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank—will be open only to JANM members, who are invited to have an exclusive first look before they open to the public on February 28.

Remarks by Making Waves curator Dennis Reed at 2 p.m. followed by a book signing. Light dessert reception from 3 p.m.

RSVP by February 19 to or 213.625.0414, ext. 2222.

Saturday, March 5, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Making Waves

Join independent historian and curator David F. Martin for an exclusive gallery tour entitled “Surviving Art History: Artistic Reputation and the Seattle Camera Club.”

Martin will discuss the idea of artistic reputation as it applies to the Seattle Camera Club in the early part of the 20th century. Many of the photographers involved in the club had significant international success during their lifetimes but their work languished in obscurity for decades after their deaths because of racial, gender, and institutional bias.

Limited to 25 members. RSVP to or 213.830.5646.

Friday, March 11, 2016
12:15 PM—1:15 PM

Members Only Learning at Lunch: Japanese American Photographers

All members are invited to bring their lunch and learn about some of the photographers in Making Waves, and view additional photographs by them from JANM’s permanent collection not currently on display.

RSVPs recommended to or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, March 12, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Making Waves

Join exhibition curator Dennis Reed for an exclusive gallery tour entitled “Tender Views, Modern Expressions.”

Reed will provide an overview of Making Waves while focusing on the photographers who worked in Los Angeles, several of whom he knew personally. He will discuss the character of their work, which ranged from gentle scenes of lily pads to progressively modern abstractions, and their wide influence. Reed will also touch on photographs not included in the exhibition.

Limited to 25 members. RSVP to or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, April 2, 2016
10:00 AM—11:00 AM

CANCELLED: Members Only Spotlight on Common Ground


Members and their families are invited to join JANM’s Education Department for an in-depth look at some of our favorite artifacts in Common Ground. Recommended for multi-generational families with children high school-aged and older.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Making Waves

Join Robert Hori, Cultural Curator at the Huntington Library, for an exclusive gallery tour entitled “Japanese Cultural Traditions as Expressed in Japanese American Photography.” By combining references from their artistic heritage with everyday elements, Japanese American photographers created visual haiku—seemingly simple but complex compositions.

Limited to 25 members. RSVP to or 213.830.5646.

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