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<strong>Enjoy public programs and events from JANM from anywhere in the world! Please check the program descriptions for access instructions. Some require an RSVP to participate.</strong>

 

Friday, May 29, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

JANM Digital Film Festival: Masters of Modern Design Q&A

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FREE

Hear from the the children of the featured artists in Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience in this second Q&A of the JANM Digital Film Festival!

Join Kiku Obata (designer and daughter of Gyo Obata), Mira Nakashima (furniture designer and daughter of George Nakashima), Kenji Fujita (artist and son of S. Neil Fujita), and Addie Lanier (educator and daughter of Ruth Asawa) as they talk about their parents’ lives and legacies.

Masters of Modern Design, a co-production between JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center and KCET for the series ARTBOUND, explores how the World War II American concentration camp experience impacted the lives of five Japanese American artists and designers and ultimately sent them on trajectories that led to their changing the face of American culture with their immense talents. From the hand-drawn typeface on the cover of The Godfather to Herman Miller’s biomorphic coffee table, the work of Japanese American designers including Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita, and Gyo Obata permeated postwar culture. While these second-generation Japanese American artists have been celebrated, less-discussed is how their WW II incarceration—a period of great hardship and discrimination—had a powerful effect on their lives and art.

Be sure to watch the film first on KCET, then join us for the Q&A which will be streamed live on JANM’s YouTube channel on Friday, May 29, from 6 p.m.–7 p.m. (PDT).

Submit questions in advance using this form. Participants will be able to chat and ask additional questions live (you will need to be logged in to YouTube to participate in the chat).

Thursday, May 28, 2020
5:00 PM—6:30 PM

Anti-Asian Racism Past & Present / Our Hopes for the Future

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FREE

During this global pandemic, we hear reports of attacks on Asians and Asian Americans across the country. We are confronted by cycles of blame and fear on those who are perceived to be from China. Asian Americans young and old fear leaving their houses while masked. We also see Asians and Asian Americans speaking out against hate and violence, as well as communities of color rising up with mutual aid efforts and creative networks of support in this time of physical isolation.

To respond to these trends, and to speak on the history of anti-Asian sentiment and the power of strong community in the United States, we are bringing together a conversation of leading figures in the Asian American community who are fighting back against this violence to lead us in a conversation. Join us to reflect on how we can go beyond going back to “normal” after this pandemic, and instead imagine a new society that continues to dismantle and fight against racism and prejudice.

This conversation will be moderated by JANM’s Chief Curator Karen Ishizuka, and will feature Russell Jeung (SF State University), Taz Ahmed (Good Muslim, Bad Muslim Podcast), Renee Tajima-Peña (Asian Americans series producer), and Robin Toma (LA County Human Relations Commission). This program is Part I of “Reimagining ‘Normal’,” a new JANM series exploring race and racism in the United States.

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions 24 hours before the program begins in order to join our conversation on Zoom. Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.

Image: This photo of the 1963 March on Washington from JANM’s permanent collection was featured in the recent PBS series Asian Americans. Japanese American National Museum (Gift of K. Patrick and Lily A. Okura, 98.158.2)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
4:00 PM—4:30 PM

Virtual Open House for Educators

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FREE

Join us for a brief orientation to the education resources available to you digitally through JANM. This quick, 30-minute webinar and Q&A will provide an overview of new and existing educational resources including video tutorials, lessons and curriculum, activities, and more. Connect with the Education Unit, get answers to any questions you have, and learn how JANM can support your work as an educator from afar.

Can’t attend live? A recording of the webinar will be available on JANM’s YouTube channel within a week of the live program.

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed instructions on the May 26 with instructions on how to join our conversation on Zoom. Please contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

JANM Digital Film Festival: Masters of Modern Design

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Join us as we dive into films produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center! We will be releasing a selection of films, some for a limited time only. Organize a (virtual) screening party with your friends or family or just get cozy and enjoy the JANM Digital Film Festival from the safety of your own home. We will also have Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and others involved in the projects.

The second film in our JANM Digital Film Festival series is Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience. This documentary, a co-production between JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center and KCET for the series ARTBOUND, explores how the World War II American concentration camp experience impacted the lives of five Japanese American artists and designers and ultimately sent them on trajectories that led to their changing the face of American culture with their immense talents.

From the hand-drawn typeface on the cover of The Godfather to Herman Miller’s biomorphic coffee table, the work of Japanese American designers including Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita, and Gyo Obata permeated postwar culture. While these second-generation Japanese American artists have been celebrated, less-discussed is how their WW II incarceration—a period of great hardship and discrimination—had a powerful effect on their lives and art.

There are four ways to watch the film:

  • On the KCET website through May 30

  • On KCET’s YouTube channel

  • Airing on KCET, Southern California’s PBS station:
    Sunday, May 24 • 5 p.m. (PDT) on KCET-HD
    Sunday, June 7 • 12 a.m. (PDT) ON KCETLINK
    Thursday, June 11 • 1 p.m. (PDT) on KCET-HD

  • Purchase the DVD at janmstore.com
    JANM Members get 10% off!

Watch Masters of Modern Design and then join us for a Q&A with the children of the featured artists on Friday, May 29, at 6 p.m. (PDT)!

Learn more about the film in this 2019 interview with Akira Boch, Director of JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center.

Saturday, May 23, 2020
2:00 PM—3:00 PM

VIRTUAL TALK: Contested Histories on the Road: Part II

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Experience more of the behind the scenes of traveling the Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection special display, from program developer and curator Clement Hanami in this live presentation and Q&A. He will be joined by Nancy Ukai, Project Director of 50 Objects/Stories and a writer and researcher who helped lead the social media protest to stop the Rago auction of the Eaton Collection artifacts in 2015. She is co-administrator of the Facebook page Japanese American History: Not for Sale.

Allen Hendershott Eaton’s historic 1952 book, Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, explored art and craft objects created by persons of Japanese descent while wrongfully incarcerated in the World War II American concentration camps. After many years of lying forgotten in storage, the collection was inherited by a family friend of Eaton’s, who in April 2015 attempted to put it up for auction. An outcry arose from Japanese American community leaders and activists, who rallied successfully to stop the insensitive sale of these important artifacts of Japanese American history. Ultimately, the collection was transferred to the Japanese American National Museum for safekeeping.

Now a traveling display, both physically and digitally, Contested Histories is intended to help gather information about each individual object so that the museum’s efforts to preserve and catalog the collection can be as complete as possible.

This live public program is free and open to all. Go to JANM’s YouTube channel at the program time to watch it live on youtube.com/janmdotorg.

We encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you will be notified when the video is streaming live. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram). We will share the direct link to the livestream video.

Nancy Ukai was interviewed by Discover Nikkei in 2019 about the 50 Objects/50 Stories project.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
6:00 PM—7:30 PM

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry reading

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FREE

Published on Discover Nikkei, Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column shares poems each month from the Nikkei community around themes curated by author, poet, and performer traci kato-kiriyama.

Now, Nikkei Uncovered is going live! We have brought together a powerful, intergenerational lineup of poets previously featured in the column to share their poetry in an online reading. Hosted by traci, the interactive reading and reflection will also include a short open mic portion, where viewers will be able to sign up during the program to share their poetry.

Featuring Maiya Kuida-Osumi, Courtney Ozaki, Micah Tasaka, and Mitsuye Yamada.

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed 24 hours before the program with instructions on how to join this Zoom webinar. Please contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions.

 

 

 

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