ミネ・オオクボの『市民13660号』に収録されたイラスト

Current Exhibition

Miné Okubo’s Masterpiece: The Art of Citizen 13660

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

To see a complete listing of JANM’s upcoming programs, check out our Events Calendar.

August 28, 2021 - February 20, 2022

Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

This year marks the 75th anniversary of artist Miné Okubo’s graphic memoir, Citizen 13660. When it was first published in 1946, it was groundbreaking. Not only was it the first book-length account on America’s concentration camps from the perspective of a former incarceree, but it was also an early example of a graphic memoir. In Citizen 13660, through a series of nearly 200 illustrations, each accompanied by a caption, Miné Okubo captured how World War II and the subsequent incarceration upended her life. 

JANM is uniquely positioned to commemorate the milestone anniversary of this iconic work as a custodian of Miné Okubo’s collection, which includes: myriad sketches that she completed while she was incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz detention centers, the original drawings that she created for the graphic memoir, as well as a draft of the final manuscript.

For the first time, the materials comprising Miné Okubo’s masterpiece will be exhibited, revealing the art of Citizen 13660.

 

Sponsored by:

  • Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
  • Freeman Foundation

Media Sponsor: The Rafu Shimpo

#ItsAllMineAtJANM

Past Events

An ink drawing by Mine Okubo of a woman teaching a bunch of rowdy kids art
Workshops & Classes

October 23, 2021

Educators Workshop—Teaching Hayami & Okubo
A black and white drawing of a group of people of all ages looking at a poster on a wall that says "Exclusion Order No. 19"
Lectures & Discussions Members Only

August 28, 2021

Members Only Virtual Conversation: Miné Okubo’s Masterpiece

August 28, 2021 - February 20, 2022

Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

This year marks the 75th anniversary of artist Miné Okubo’s graphic memoir, Citizen 13660. When it was first published in 1946, it was groundbreaking. Not only was it the first book-length account on America’s concentration camps from the perspective of a former incarceree, but it was also an early example of a graphic memoir. In Citizen 13660, through a series of nearly 200 illustrations, each accompanied by a caption, Miné Okubo captured how World War II and the subsequent incarceration upended her life. 

JANM is uniquely positioned to commemorate the milestone anniversary of this iconic work as a custodian of Miné Okubo’s collection, which includes: myriad sketches that she completed while she was incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz detention centers, the original drawings that she created for the graphic memoir, as well as a draft of the final manuscript.

For the first time, the materials comprising Miné Okubo’s masterpiece will be exhibited, revealing the art of Citizen 13660.

 

Sponsored by:

  • Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
  • Freeman Foundation

Media Sponsor: The Rafu Shimpo

#ItsAllMineAtJANM

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