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Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images
July 14 - September 6, 2015

Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images is the inaugural exhibition in Sharing Our Stories, a new series of exhibitions drawn from JANM’s extensive permanent collection. A celebration of the donation by Susumu “Sus” Ito of his vast archive of photographs and negatives taken while on duty during World War II, Before They Were Heroes gives the public a rare and breathtaking look at the daily lives of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the celebrated all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i—The Art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara
July 11 - September 6, 2015

Incorporating paintings by Laura Kina and photographs by Emily Hanako Momohara, Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i is a unique examination of worker migration and settlement from the islands of Okinawa to the islands of Hawai‘i, prompted by opportunities afforded by the latter’s sugar plantations and pineapple farms during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Kina’s Sugar and Momohara’s Islands series are individual bodies of work grounded in each artist’s own journey to uncover her family history; both examine the complex ways that the past is present in our collective and individual identities.

Tattoo by Horikiku. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

ON THE ROAD at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition
May 29 - November 29, 2015

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220

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

Tattoo by Horikiku. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

ON THE ROAD at Towson University - Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
February 5 - May 2, 2015

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Towson University
Asian Arts Gallery
Towson, MD

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.

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
October 11, 2014 - May 31, 2015

The Japanese American National Museum presents 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.

ON THE ROAD at Burnaby - kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa
September 13, 2014 - January 4, 2015

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
Burnaby, BC, Canada

kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa is an exhibition of portraits by artist Kip Fulbeck, who traveled the country photographing more than 1,000 Hapas of all ages and walks of life. Once a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for half, the word Hapa has been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed-race heritage includes Asian or Pacific Rim ancestry.

© 2012 Takeo Bill Manbo

Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II
May 3 - August 31, 2014

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT

Colors of Confinement presents 18 rare Kodachrome photographs taken by Bill Manbo during his incarceration at the Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming in 1943 and 1944. It shatters preconceptions about this episode of injustice by showing it to us in vivid and beautiful color.

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game
March 29 - September 14, 2014

From their original roots in Brooklyn to today’s home in Los Angeles, the Dodgers are trailblazers in the world of sports, on and off the field. The franchise is dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, family-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium and maintaining strong partnerships in the community.

Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game will explore the team’s storied past through four players and a Hall of Fame manager, each of whom made history in his own right: Jackie Robinson, Fernando Valenzuela, Chan Ho Park, Hideo Nomo, and Tommy Lasorda.

Tattoo by Horikiku. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
March 8 - September 14, 2014

A photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck, exploring the artistry and master craftsmanship of traditional Japanese tattooing.

Curated by Takahiro Kitamura, the exhibition features the work of seven internationally acclaimed Japanese tattooers Chris Horishiki Brand, Horitaka, Horitomo, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken as shown in life-sized photographs by Fulbeck.

Photograph of a Nisei soldier of Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion. This photograph was taken during the campaign for the rescue of the Lost Battalion in the Vosges mountains in October 1944. Image credit: National Archives

Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts
November 12, 2013 - March 2, 2014

Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts chronicles the history of Japanese American Nisei soldiers from the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service who served during World War II to prove their loyalty to the nation that had disowned them.

 

 

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