New Frontiers

Past Exhibition

NewFrontiers

Drawing with yellow border which depicts George Takei with the words "To Boldly Go" on top of the circlePrograms are free for museum members and included with admission for visitors, unless otherwise noted.

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March 12 - August 20, 2017

Japanese American National Museum

Five years drawn logo of a boyNew Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei explores the life and career of pioneering actor, activist, and social media icon George Takei, who currently serves on the Japanese American National Museum’s Board of Trustees. By examining Takei’s diverse experiences and achievements, this entertaining exhibition creates a portrait of a unique individual while offering an innovative means of engaging with the social history of America.

Takei has been an innovator on many fronts. Through a curated selection of his artifacts, New Frontiers captures a long and colorful life while also providing a space to reflect on some of the social and political changes that rippled through America during the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition begins with Takei’s childhood and his incarceration, along with his family, at the Rohwer and Tule Lake concentration camps during World War II. It then moves through his career as one of the first successful Japanese American actors in Hollywood; his public service appointments, including stints on the Southern California Rapid Transit District and the Japan–United States Friendship Commission; his coming out as a gay man and his celebrated marriage to longtime partner Brad Takei (née Altman); his ongoing activism on behalf of the Japanese American and LGBTQ communities; his wild popularity as a social media figure; and much more.

New Frontiers draws on the George and Brad Takei Collection, a treasure trove of personal artifacts recently donated to the Japanese American National Museum by the Takeis. The collection includes photographs, correspondence, scripts, awards, campaign materials from his 1973 Los Angeles City Council bid, and one-of-a-kind artworks made by his legions of fans. Of special note are a sculpture made from a swamp root by Takei’s father while the family was incarcerated during World War II at the Rohwer concentration camp in Arkansas; the walking stick Takei carried on his ascent of Mount Fuji in Japan; the Olympic torch he carried in the lead-up to the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles; and the key to the city of Roanoke, Virginia. Takei traveled to Roanoke in 2015 to meet with its mayor, David Bowers, after Bowers cited the use of Japanese American concentration camps to justify suspending the relocation of Syrian refugees to the city.

New Frontiers is curated by noted author, journalist, and cultural critic Jeff Yang.

Major Sponsors:

LA Department of Cultural Affairs green sponsor logoThe California Endowment logo

Kansas Marine Co.

 

Patron Sponsors:  

2016 Kokoro Boutique 

Rodenberry Foundation logo

 

Media Sponsor: The Rafu Shimpo 

Past Events

Natsumatsuri Family Festival 2017
Performances Special Events

August 19, 2017

2017 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
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Lectures & Discussions Partner Event

July 15, 2017

The Asian American ComiCon Presents: A Summit on Art, Action, and the Future
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Members Only Special Events

June 24, 2017

Members Only—Meet George Takei
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Tours

June 17, 2017

"New Frontiers" Exhibition Tour
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Lectures & Discussions Members Only

June 03, 2017

Members Only Learning at Lunch: The George & Brad Takei Collection, Part 2
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Lectures & Discussions Members Only

May 13, 2017

Members Only—Intersecting Identities: LGBTQ Focus
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Lectures & Discussions Members Only

April 21, 2017

Members Only Learning at Lunch: The George & Brad Takei Collection
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Members Only Tours

April 15, 2017

Members Only Exhibition Tour: "New Frontiers"
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Members Only Special Events

March 11, 2017

Upper Level Members' Reception: "New Frontiers"

March 12 - August 20, 2017

Japanese American National Museum

Five years drawn logo of a boyNew Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei explores the life and career of pioneering actor, activist, and social media icon George Takei, who currently serves on the Japanese American National Museum’s Board of Trustees. By examining Takei’s diverse experiences and achievements, this entertaining exhibition creates a portrait of a unique individual while offering an innovative means of engaging with the social history of America.

Takei has been an innovator on many fronts. Through a curated selection of his artifacts, New Frontiers captures a long and colorful life while also providing a space to reflect on some of the social and political changes that rippled through America during the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition begins with Takei’s childhood and his incarceration, along with his family, at the Rohwer and Tule Lake concentration camps during World War II. It then moves through his career as one of the first successful Japanese American actors in Hollywood; his public service appointments, including stints on the Southern California Rapid Transit District and the Japan–United States Friendship Commission; his coming out as a gay man and his celebrated marriage to longtime partner Brad Takei (née Altman); his ongoing activism on behalf of the Japanese American and LGBTQ communities; his wild popularity as a social media figure; and much more.

New Frontiers draws on the George and Brad Takei Collection, a treasure trove of personal artifacts recently donated to the Japanese American National Museum by the Takeis. The collection includes photographs, correspondence, scripts, awards, campaign materials from his 1973 Los Angeles City Council bid, and one-of-a-kind artworks made by his legions of fans. Of special note are a sculpture made from a swamp root by Takei’s father while the family was incarcerated during World War II at the Rohwer concentration camp in Arkansas; the walking stick Takei carried on his ascent of Mount Fuji in Japan; the Olympic torch he carried in the lead-up to the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles; and the key to the city of Roanoke, Virginia. Takei traveled to Roanoke in 2015 to meet with its mayor, David Bowers, after Bowers cited the use of Japanese American concentration camps to justify suspending the relocation of Syrian refugees to the city.

New Frontiers is curated by noted author, journalist, and cultural critic Jeff Yang.

Major Sponsors:

LA Department of Cultural Affairs green sponsor logoThe California Endowment logo

Kansas Marine Co.

 

Patron Sponsors:  

2016 Kokoro Boutique 

Rodenberry Foundation logo

 

Media Sponsor: The Rafu Shimpo 

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