Events

Programs are free for museum members and included with admission for visitors, unless otherwise noted.

To see a complete listing of the JANM’s programs, visit janm.org/events.

 

 

Saturday, September 16, 2017
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Upper Level Members and VIP Reception: Transpacific Borderlands

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Members at the Sustaining Level and above and VIPs are invited to preview Transpacific Borderlands before it opens to the public. Program with light reception to follow. Invitations were mailed in August.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Transpacific Borderlands

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Join exhibition curator and JANM Vice President of Operations/Art Director Clement Hanami for a gallery tour with participating international artists. Limited to 25 participants.

Space is limited. RSVP by September 13 using the link below. You can also contact memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Opening Day: Transpacific Borderlands

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FREE ALL DAY

Transpacific Borderlands examines the work and experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty-led initiative exploring Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

Join us for our exciting opening day program:

11:10 a.m.–1:05 p.m.: Curator-Led Gallery Tours
(limit 25 participants each; first come, first served.

  • 11:10 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: Miho Hagino (Mexico)
  • 11:50 a.m.–12:25 p.m.: Michiko Okano (Brazil)
  • 12:30 p.m.–1:05 p.m.: Kris Kuramitsu (Los Angeles); Clement Hanami and Claudia Sobral (Peru)

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Performance

  • Multidisciplinary artist collective Ghost Magnet Roach Motel, whose members include exhibiting artist Shinpei Takeda, will present a “punkformance.”

3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Conversation with the Artists

  • Featuring Madalena Hashimoto (Brazil), Ichiro Irie (Los Angeles), Erica Kaminishi (Brazil), Yuriko Rojas Moriyama (Mexico), Kiyoto Ota (Mexico), Shizu Saldamando (Los Angeles), Kenzi Shiokava (Los Angeles), Shinpei Takeda (Mexico), and Taro Zorrilla (Mexico). Moderated by exhibition curator Clement Hanami and project manager Claudia Sobral. Translations will be available in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese.

4:30 p.m.–5 p.m.: Catalog Signing

Mariscos Jalisco food truck will be on the JANM plaza at lunchtime.

Free admission thanks to Bank of America.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

CANCELLED: Members Only—Intersecting Identities: Latin American Nikkei Focus

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

This new series of panel discussions is designed to break down barriers to social understanding. In conjunction with Transpacific Borderlands, today’s panel features three Latin American Nikkei who will share their personal experiences and perspectives. Moderated by Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, Assistant Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, Loyola Marymount University.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
1:00 PM—1:45 PM

CANCELLED: Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Intersecting Identities Panelists

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THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

All members are invited to an intimate pre-event reception with Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks and other Intersecting Identities panelists prior to the Members Only Intersecting Identities: Latin American Nikkei Focus panel discussion at 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
5:00 PM—9:30 PM

Transpacific Musiclands Outdoor Concert

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FREE

Join us for an exciting outdoor concert event with performers from Latin America, Japan, and Los Angeles, held in conjunction with the exhibition, Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

Featured acts will include Quetzal and El Haru Kuroi, two Afro-Latino jazz-rock fusion bands from East Los Angeles; La Chamba, a Los Angeles–based band with Peruvian and psychedelic roots; and members of Conjunto J, a group from Japan that plays Mexican border music.

Also joining in throughout the evening will be Maceo Hernandez of East LA Taiko; Tex Nakamura, formerly of WAR; LA’s 2014 Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez; and Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara, formerly of Ruben and the Jets. DJ sets by Gomez Comes Alive and Shin Miyata.

This event is curated by Shin Miyata, a Tokyo–based music promoter, record label owner, and cultural ambassador. For over 20 years, Miyata has introduced authentic and diverse Chicano artistic expressions to the Japanese public by distributing Chicano music and organizing shows by East LA bands. Transpacific Musiclands showcases the artists that Miyata has worked with, celebrating the Japanese/Latino cultural collaborations that are at the heart of his work.

Okamoto Kitchen food truck and beer garden by Angel City Brewery will be on-site. Galleries will be free and open to the public from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Check back for updates.

Transpacific Musiclands is held in conjunction with the exhibition, Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, which is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
4:00 PM

Transpacific Borderlands Exhibition Tour

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Join exhibition curator and JANM Vice President of Operations/Art Director Clement Hanami for an in-depth gallery tour.

Limited to 25 participants. $12 general, free for JANM members. Museum admission included.

Saturday, November 11, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: We Love LA

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FREE ALL DAY

In conjunction with Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, JANM presents a family-friendly day celebrating the diverse mix of cultures that make up Los Angeles.

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Springtime in Japan
    Create your own cherry blossom mobile to hang in your home, inspired by Prunusplastus, Erica Kaminishi’s stunning homage to Japan’s famous cherry blossom season.

  • Lunchbox Style
    What pictures or designs would you put on your lunchbox? Take a look at Shizu Saldamando’s cool drawings of her friends’ lunchboxes, then decorate a box that reflects your own style!

  • Coloring Station
    Artists like Eduardo Tokeshi and Yuriko Rojas Moriyama use flags in their work as a commentary on identity. Design a flag that represents your identity while learning more about the flag of the City of Los Angeles.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner
    Learn how to fold a paper shirt and transform it into a jersey for your favorite Los Angeles sports team.

  • It’s Veterans Day!
    Pay tribute to our veterans by writing a note of appreciation, which JANM will deliver to the nearby VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center.
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    ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES*

    11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Kidding Around the Kitchen
    Make healthy fusion lettuce wraps with Lisa Fontanesi of Kidding Around the Kitchen. While supplies last.

    11:15 a.m. • 12:30 p.m.: Story Time
    Listen to traditional tales from Latin America told in a dynamic mix of English and Spanish by Olga Loya. (Each story time lasts 20–25 minutes.)

    11:30 a.m. • 12 p.m. • 1 p.m. • 1:30 p.m.: Ichiro Irie Artist Workshop
    Exhibiting artist Ichiro Irie along with collaborator Aska Irie will lead a 2D mixed-media workshop in which participants will create their own collage and tempera painting. Limit 25 participants per session; first come, first served.

    2 p.m.–3 p.m.: CONTRA-TIEMPO Dance Workshop
    Join multilingual urban Latin dance theater company CONTRA-TIEMPO for one of their popular Sabor Sessions. Participants will learn Afro-Latin social dance forms such as salsa suelta and Cuban comparsa. No dance experience needed—just come with an open heart and a willingness to move!

    3:30 p.m.–4 p.m.: Musical Performance by Roger Del Norte, Lupita Infante, and MEXICAPAN
    Bring the day to a lyrical close with a mariachi jam session from Japanese singer Roger Del Norte, Downey native Lupita Infante, and the group MEXICAPAN.

     

    Please check back for updates.

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

    Saturday, December 2, 2017
    10:30 AM

    Transpacific Borderlands Members Only Artist Talk

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    Born to parents of Japanese and Mexican descent, Shizu Saldamando investigates the variety of social constructs and subcultures seen in Los Angeles’ backyard parties, dance clubs, music shows, hang-out spots, and art receptions. Through subtle and detailed drawings, she captures the unexpected influences at work in America’s social spaces.

    Members are invited to join this featured Transpacific Borderlands artist for an intimate gallery talk about her work.

    Limited to 25 participants. RSVP by November 28 using the link below. You can also contact memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, December 2, 2017
    1:00 PM—2:00 PM

    Transpacific Borderlands Art Workshop—Paper Flowers from the Camp Archives

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    Japanese Americans living in the World War II American concentration camps did not have access to fresh cut flowers. Instead, they used patterns from sources like the Woolworth’s catalog to make paper flowers. Camp excavations have revealed that these makeshift flowers, with wires for stems, were placed in glass jars and laid on top of caskets at funerals.

    Join Transpacific Borderlands artist Shizu Saldamando and learn how to make paper roses using a flower pattern from the Manzanar camp archives. For ages 11 and up. Limited to 20 participants. Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Saturday, January 20, 2018
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    CANCELLED: Little Tokyo Walking Tour en Espanol

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    THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

    Learn about Little Tokyo and its history on this special walking tour conducted in Spanish by a JANM volunteer.

    $12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

    Click here to sign up for a Little Tokyo walking tour conducted in Spanish on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    12:30 PM

    Film Screening and Discussion—Unsettled: Two Films of Japanese Peru

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    The Japanese diaspora in Peru has its roots in a vital and restless history that extends back to arrival of the first migrant laborers at Lima’s Callao Seaport. In this program presented in conjunction with Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, two filmmakers take personal journeys into the Japanese Peruvian experience, uncovering captivating stories of migrants and artists, dissidents and dictators.

    Kaori Flores Yonekura’s Nikkei (2011) is an exploration of the filmmaker’s family history in the Americas, while Ann Kaneko’s Against the Grain (2008) documents the work of four artists who defy decades of civil war and tyranny to reimagine Peruvian visual culture. Among those artists is Eduardo Tokeshi, whose work is featured in Transpacific Borderlands.

    This program is curated by Renee Tajima-Peña, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA who will moderate a Q&A with Kaneko and Tokeshi following the screening.

    Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Read an interview with filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña about her thoughts on the program, cultural hybridity, the immigrant experience, Asian diasporas, indie film, and other topics.

    Read a 2010 interview with Kaori Flores Yonekura about her film on Discover Nikkei.

    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Transpacific Borderlands

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    Join exhibition curator and JANM VP of Exhibitions Clement Hanami for a gallery tour Transpacific Borderlands. Limited to 25 participants.

    RSVP by January 23 using the link below. You can also contact memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, February 10, 2018
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Recorrido a Pie por Little Tokyo en Español

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    Learn about Little Tokyo and its history on this special walking tour conducted in Spanish by a JANM volunteer.

    $12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

    Read an interview with Monica Cruz, the docent who will be leading the tour.

    Saturday, February 24, 2018
    2:00 PM

    Film Screening and Discussion—Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)

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    Join us for the premiere screening of a new documentary film exploring the struggles and obsessions of Shin Miyata, a Tokyo–based record label owner, music promoter, and cultural ambassador who has been distributing Chicano music and bringing East Los Angeles bands to Japan for nearly 20 years.

    The film explores Miyata’s personal connection to East LA, the joys and difficulties of introducing authentic and diverse representations of Chicano culture to Japan, and the conscious efforts Miyata has made to break stereotypes on both sides of the Pacific.

    Directed by Akira Boch, Our Man in Tokyo is a production of JANM’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Miyata, who is flying in from Tokyo for this event, Boch, and the members of El Haru Kuroi, an East LA trio whose unique compositions draw from their upbringing in the city as well as elements of Mexican, South American, African, and American jazz music. El Haru Kuroi will also perform a live set.

    Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Saturday, February 24, 2018
    10:30 AM—11:30 AM

    Transpacific Borderlands Exhibition Tour

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    Join curator Kris Kuramitsu for a tour of the Los Angeles portion of the exhibition.

    Limited to 25 participants. $12 general, free for JANM members. Museum admission included.

    Sunday, February 25, 2018
    2:00 PM

    Transpacific Borderlands Artist Talk

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    On the closing day of Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, join exhibition curator Clement Hanami and exhibiting artist Shinpei Takeda for a conversation on social representation and cultural context across borders. How do borderlands function as a space for exchanging ideas and culture? How do artworks take on new cultural and historical meanings when displayed to a new audience? What is the role of the artist and his/her practice?

    The talk will be moderated by Selene Preciado, an independent curator and Program Assistant at the Getty Foundation, and include time for audience Q&A.

    Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

     

    Shizu Saldamando, La Sandra, 2014, colored pencil and spray paint on paper. Photo courtesy of the artist.

     

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