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

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Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:30 AM

Transpacific Borderlands Members Only Artist Talk


Members are invited to join Transpacific Borderlands artist Shizu Saldamando for an intimate gallery talk.

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

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

Transpacific Borderlands Art Workshop—Paper Flowers from the Camp Archives


Transpacific Borderlands exhibiting artist Shizu Saldamando will teach participants how to make paper roses using a flower pattern from the Manzanar concentration 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.

Past Events

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

Upper Level Members and VIP Reception: Transpacific Borderlands


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


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 or 213.830.5646.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Opening Day: Transpacific Borderlands



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 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



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



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


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



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.


  • 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.


    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.


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


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