Living in Color: The Art of Hideo Date
October 27, 2001 - April 7, 2002
This exhibition of paintings is the first retrospective survey of the art of Issei painter Hideo Date (b. 1907).
Trained in Tokyo and Los Angeles, Date was an influential member of avant-garde art circles in pre-World War II Los Angeles. He belonged to the Los Angeles Art Students League and founded the self-named “Los Angeles Oriental Artists Group.” The outbreak of war took Date from the dynamic and diverse Los Angeles art scene to the isolation of Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming. After the war, Date resettled in New York where he still resides at age 94. This exhibition and catalogue feature paintings from the National Museum’s extensive collection of Date’s work, many of which have not been seen in over fifty years.
Closing of the exhibition, Living in Color: The Art of Hideo Date
Closing of the exhibition, Living in Color: The Art of Hideo Date.
Out of Asia: Art and Culture in pre-World War II Los Angeles
This symposium examines the fertile period of Los Angeles arts and culture between World Wars I and II and considers how Asia—defined very broadly—impacted, influenced, and shaped the cultural consciousness of Los Angeles. Join a distinguished group of speakers for a discussion moderated by Professor Valerie Matsumoto of the UCLA Department of History. Bill Estrada, curator of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, will discuss the various "Chinatowns" of Los Angeles in the 1930s; Karin Higa, senior curator of the National Museum, will examine artist Hideo Date and his milieu; and Bill Stern, director of the newly-formed Museum of California Design will talk about the Japanese influence on architecture and design in Southern California.