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Past Exhibitions

Giant Robot Biennale 3
September 23, 2012 - January 20, 2013

The Japanese American National Museum presents Giant Robot Biennale 3, its third show in conjunction with Eric Nakamura, owner of Asian American pop culture juggernaut Giant Robot. The expansive show features a gallery of eight emerging artists along with a customized vinyl figure collection.

ON THE ROAD at Bishop Museum (Honolulu, HI) – Textured Lives: Japanese Immigrant Clothing from the Plantations of Hawai`i
August 18 - October 15, 2012

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Bishop Museum
Honolulu, Hawaii

The experiences of early Issei in Hawai`i are revealed and illuminated through exquisite examples of kimono adapted for life and labor on Hawai`i’s plantations. The exhibition interweaves these priceless textiles from the National Museum’s Permanent Collection with rare oral histories and moving images, photographs, and expert video commentary by scholar Barbara Kawakami.

Xploration Lab 2012
March 17 - August 26, 2012

Part-classroom, part-exhibition prototype; participate and experiment with hands-on activities designed to engage audiences of all ages in an exploration of culture and identity.

Richard Sweeney, <em>03M (Partial Shell)</em>, 2010. Watercolor paper, wet folded. Photo © Richard Sweeney.

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami
March 10 - August 26, 2012

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami will be the first major exhibition to explore the international phenomenon of origami as a contemporary visual art form. Featuring over 150 works by more than 40 artists from 16 countries, the exhibition will illustrate the influence of origami on technology, math, science, art, design, and the global peace movement.

ON THE ROAD at Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI) - Fighting For Democracy: Who is the "We" in "We, the People"?
February 2 - August 12, 2012

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Arab American National Museum
Dearborn, MI

Extended to August 12!

 

About the Exhibition

Through the diverse perspectives of seven ordinary citizens whose lives and communities were forever changed by World War II, this exhibition asks visitors to think critically about freedom, history, and, ultimately, the ongoing struggle to live democratically in a diverse America.

Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani
November 19, 2011 - January 15, 2012

Created by the University of New Mexico’s University Art Museum, the Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani exhibition was conceived as the first comprehensive look at the many and varied projects the artist has worked on since 1978.

The exhibition is a unique opportunity to see both the extensive range of Nagatani’s directorial approach and the breadth of his color photography as he addresses issues surrounding the human condition; politics and the fragile, ever-changing environment; concerns about identity and self; and the invention and interpretation of history.

Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles
October 15, 2011 - February 19, 2012

A survey of the dynamic and diverse Japanese American contributions to the visual landscape of L.A. in the period following World War II. Works of art and historic documents—together with texts, images, and video clips from extensive oral histories—will illustrate the delicate line that exists between form and function.

ON THE ROAD at National Constitution Center - Fighting For Democracy: Who is the "We" in "We, the People"?
October 14, 2011 - January 16, 2012

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA

 

About the Exhibition

Through the diverse perspectives of seven ordinary citizens whose lives and communities were forever changed by World War II, this exhibition asks visitors to think critically about freedom, history, and, ultimately, the ongoing struggle to live democratically in a diverse America.

Year of the Labbit Custom Show
July 14 - September 11, 2011

In conjunction with the exhibition, Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo (July 9 through October 30, 2011), a gathering of artists (new and old friends of the Museum) have worked their creative magic on Frank Kozik’s Happy Labbit toy.

Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo
July 9 - October 30, 2011

For over 25 years, fans around the world have been enjoying Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo. This retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of Sakai and includes original drawings and paintings that bring to life the adventures of his samurai rabbit from 17th century feudal Japan.

 

 

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