Japanese American National Museum
Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

© 2012 Takeo Bill Manbo

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


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.

Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986
October 12, 2013 - February 9, 2014

Through a selection of images from comic books representing four turbulent decades, Marvels & Monsters illustrates how evolving racial and cultural archetypes defined America’s perceptions of Asians. This exhibition draws from noted science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu’s comic book collection—the largest archive of comic books featuring Asians and Asian Americans—that was donated to the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

Japanese American laborers at Tule Lake War Relocation Center, Tule Lake, California. Library of Congress.

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story
September 14 - October 27, 2013

Asian Pacific Americans have a rich, deep-rooted history in the United States, spanning from the first immigrants in the 1800s to the multi-ethnic communities found today. Through a Smithsonian traveling display of 30 banners of poignant text, photographs, and art, I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story takes a sweeping look at how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history.

Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter
May 11 - September 22, 2013

Portraiture Now displays the diversity of contemporary Asian American identity through the groundbreaking work of seven visual artists—CYJO, Zhang Chun Hong, Hye Yeon Nam, Shizu Saldamando, Roger Shimomura, Satomi Shirai, and Tam Tran.

American Heroes: Japanese American World War II Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal
May 4 - June 9, 2013

Nearly seven decades after the beginning of World War II, the Congressional Gold Medal—the nation’s highest civilian award—was bestowed collectively on the U.S. Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service for their extraordinary accomplishments in the war. The men in these units, comprised almost entirely of persons of Japanese ancestry, fought with bravery and valor against America’s enemies on the battlefields in Europe and Asia, even while many of their parents and other family members were held in internment camps.

Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History
April 7 - August 25, 2013

The 2010 U.S. Census revealed that the number of people who consider themselves as multiracial is increasing such that, by the next census count, a majority of the Japanese American community will become multiracial. Explore the diverse and complex history of the mixed-race and mixed-roots Japanese American experience.

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country
February 16 - April 14, 2013

Arab Americans have been an integral part of the United States of America since its inception, contributing to our society in a myriad of ways, in particular in regard to public service. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that affirm the important role Arab Americans have played in our country throughout its history.



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