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Tattoo by Horikiku. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

ON THE ROAD at The Japan Foundation, Sydney: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
September 28 - November 12, 2016

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Chippendale, AUSTRALIA

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is a groundbreaking photographic exhibition that explores the master craftsmanship of traditional Japanese tattoos and their enduring influence on modern tattoo practices.

Laborers in sugar beet fields outside of Shelley, Idaho. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF34-073809-E.

Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II
September 27, 2016 - January 8, 2017

During the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans, some 33,000 individual contracts were issued for seasonal farm labor, with many Nikkei working in the sugar beet industry. Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II introduces their story.

The Artistry of Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience
August 13 - 30, 2016

TEMPORARY DISPLAY IN ARATANI CENTRAL HALL

LAIKA, the award-winning animation studio whose next movie, Kubo and the Two Strings, opens August 19, 2016, is now presenting The Artistry of Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience in JANM’s Aratani Central Hall. Visitors get a behind-the-scenes interactive peek at Kubo and the Two Strings through puppets, sets, props, monsters, origami, and costumes from the production. The display will be on view through August 30.

Tattoo by Horikiku. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

ON THE ROAD at Middlebury College Museum of Art: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
June 10 - August 7, 2016

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Middlebury College Museum of Art
Middlebury, VT

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is a groundbreaking photographic exhibition that explores the master craftsmanship of traditional Japanese tattoos and their enduring influence on modern tattoo practices.

Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine,

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
May 29 - August 21, 2016

With this inventive exhibition, the traditional Japanese art of origami—folding paper into three-dimensional figures—is transformed from a childhood pastime into a sophisticated international art form. Nine contemporary artists, working in six different countries and ranging in age from 29 to 71, present a bold and innovative group of folded-paper works that include sculpture, large-scale installation, and conceptual pieces.

Asahachi Kono,

Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940
February 28 - June 26, 2016

In the 1920s and ’30s, Japanese Americans produced and exhibited a body of critically acclaimed art photography, much of it modernist in style and sensibility. Tragically, many of those photographs were lost during the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans by the U.S. government following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940 takes an in-depth look at this lost legacy, presenting 103 surviving works from that period alongside artifacts and ephemera that help bring the era to life. The exhibition examines issues of artistic and personal freedom as well as Japanese American contributions to modern art. Making Waves is curated by photography historian and educator Dennis Reed. The exhibition is accompanied by a 160-page catalog featuring an essay by the curator.

Leonard Frank, <em>Leaving Vancouver</em>, 1942. Eastwood Collection, JCNM (1994.69.4.29).

Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank
February 28 - April 24, 2016

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, both the Canadian and American governments forced the relocation of citizens of Japanese descent from the western coastal regions. Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank presents two distinctive sets of images documenting the forced removals: 40 photographs taken at the Manzanar War Relocation Center by Ansel Adams in 1943, and 26 prints recording the relocation process in British Columbia by Leonard Frank in 1942.

While Adams’ images focus on the harsh daily life and resilience of the 10,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated at the camp, Frank’s stark scenes capture the movement of Japanese Canadians through bureaucratic systems. Two Views provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of forced separation and uprooting and the effects they have on their victims.

Tattoo by Horikiku. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

ON THE ROAD at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
February 26 - May 8, 2016

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, FL

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is a groundbreaking photographic exhibition that explores the master craftsmanship of traditional Japanese tattoos and their enduring influence on modern tattoo practices.

ON THE ROAD at the EMP Museum—Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
November 14, 2015 - May 15, 2016

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

EMP Museum
Seattle Center
Seattle, WA

The Japanese American National Museum is now traveling Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, the first large-scale Hello Kitty museum retrospective in the United States.

Organized as part of the global icon’s 40th-anniversary celebrations, the exhibition examines the colorful history of Hello Kitty and her influence on popular culture. Hello! includes an extensive product survey, with rare and unique items from the Sanrio archives, alongside a selection of innovative contemporary artworks inspired by Hello Kitty and her world.

Nathan Ota, </em>Ikiru<em>, 2013

Giant Robot Biennale 4
October 11, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Giant Robot, a staple of Asian American alternative pop culture, was launched in 1994 as a hand-assembled zine and quickly grew into a worldwide empire. At its height, Giant Robot included a glossy magazine, a retail website, several brick-and-mortar stores, and even a themed restaurant. More than two decades after its founding, Giant Robot continues to be regarded as a highly influential brand encompassing many aspects of pop art, skateboarder, comic book, graphic arts, and vinyl toy culture.

Since 2007, JANM has partnered with founder Eric Nakamura to produce the Giant Robot Biennale, a recurring art exhibition dedicated to showcasing the diverse creative works brought together by the Giant Robot ethos. The Biennales, which were initiated as part of JANM’s Salon Pop series of innovative youth culture exhibitions, have been among the museum’s most popular productions. This year, Giant Robot Biennale 4 will continue to celebrate Giant Robot’s distinctive world.

 

 

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