Japanese American National Museum
Past Exhibitions

Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions: Asian American Artists and Abstraction, 1945-1970

December 10, 1997 - February 15, 1998

This exhibition features the art of American artists of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean descent who employ traditional Asian art techniques and philosophies to explore abstract art. Isamu Noguchi, George Tsutakawa, Chinyee, and Don Ahn are among the 50 artists included.

This exhibition was organized by the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The following government agencies and corporations have also provided support for this exhibition, catalogue, and brochure: The National Endowment for the Arts, Washington D.C., a federal agency; Council for Cultural Affairs, Executive Yuan, Republic of China, AT&T.

In Los Angeles, the exhibition is co-presented by the Fisher Gallery of the University of Southern California and the Japanese American National Museum, and presentation of the exhibition is sponsored by Sanwa Bank, California.

Past Events

Sunday, February 15, 1998
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

Traditions in Transition - Asian American Creative Music

Saxophonist Francis Wong and tuba virtuoso William Roper will join artist in residence Glenn Horiuchi on shamisen along with members of the Museum’s Shamisen Ensemble in a special collaborative concert.

Both Wong and Horiuchi are key figures in the Asian American creative music movement in which artists are creating distinct, individual languages which draw upon materials from traditional Asian music and the jazz avant garde.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations suggested. Limited seating available.

This program made possible through a grant from the California Arts Council, a State Agency.

Sunday, February 15, 1998

Exhibition Closing: Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions

Last chance to see the exhibition Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions: Asian American Artists and Abstraction, 1945-1970.

Saturday, January 31, 1998
1:00 PM—4:00 PM

Envisioning Asian American Identities: Aesthetics, Politics, and Culture

At the University of Southern California, Harris Hall 101

This afternoon symposium will address the question of Asian American identity in visual culture by exploring the art and cultural historical issues raised by the exhibition Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions: Asian American Artists and Abstraction.

Speakers and participants will include art historians, anthropologists, cultural historians, and artists. For reservations and/or more information, please call the USC’s Fisher Gallery at 213.740.4561.

Presented by the Fisher Gallery, USC, and co-sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum.

Saturday, January 24, 1998
1:00 PM

George Tsutakawa: Legacy of a Pacific Northwest Artist

Seattle writer and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa will present a slide talk on the lifetime career of her father, artist George Tsutakawa. Now 87, professor Tsutakawa is retired from his work of sculpture, painting, and teaching at the University of Washington. Born in Seattle, Tsutakawa is a Kibei who lived in Japan from the ages of 7 to 17 and later served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence School. Free with Museum admission. Reservations suggested by January 18.

Thursday, January 15, 1998
7:30 PM—9:00 PM

A Paintbrush, A Cigarette, and A Can of Beer

Featuring: Nancy Uyemura and friends

We invite you to an evening of exploration into the life and times of MIKE KANEMITSU. Discover the world of Kanemitsu—his influences, struggles, and at times, identity crisis. Hear from the voices of Kanemitsu’s friends, colleagues, and students as they reflect on this extraordinary artist of Japanese American ancestry. Free. Reservations recommended by January 8.

Thursday, January 8, 1998
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Collagraphy: Handpressed Monotype Collage

Family Tour & Art FUNshop

Featuring: Silivia J.K. Simmons

Please join us for a Family Tour of the current exhibit where we will explore the world of abstract art. Following this tour will be a hands-on art FUNshop making a mono-print collage to take home. We will use a Plexiglas plate with acrylic paint on rice paper to make prints. Fun for the entire family. Free with Museum admission. Reservations suggested. Limited space.

Tuesday, December 16, 1997
12:00 PM—1:00 PM

Kanemitsu Remembered part of Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions

Tuesday at Fisher

At the Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California
University Park, Exposition Blvd.

Join us for this program presented at the Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, as we remember featured artist Matsumi Kanemitsu. Kanemitsu had a profound influence on many contemporary California artists. Nancy Uyemura, artist and friend of Kanemitsu, will lead fellow students and friends of the late Kanemitsu in a dialogue of rememberances. Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Saturday, December 13, 1997
10:30 AM—3:00 PM

Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions Curator Walk-Through

Join curator Jeffrey Wechsler as he takes us through this groundbreaking and ambitious exhibition of over 150 works of art by Asian American abstract artists working from 1945-1970. Mr. Wechsler will present an in-depth historical and stylistic overview of the significance of the artwork within American art history. Transporation not included, lunch on your own. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required by December 3. Please call 213.625.0414.

Part A: Exhibition Paintings
10:30 a.m.–11 a.m. Coffee reception
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Walk-through
Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California

Part B: Sculptural Objects
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Walk-through
2:30 p.m.–3 p.m. Dessert reception
Japanese American National Museum

Wednesday, December 10, 1997
6:00 PM—8:00 PM

Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions Upper Level Members Reception

Upper level Members reception for the exhibition Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions. By invitation only.



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