Documentary, Our Mess Hall by Henry Sugimoto

Past Exhibition

Henry Sugimoto

Painting an American Experience

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 our event calendar.

March 24 - October 07, 2001

Japanese American National Museum

At the age of 19, Henry Sugimoto left Japan to make his life in America. Determined to become an artist, he studied in the San Francisco Bay Area and exhibited nationally and internationally.When he was unjustly incarcerated at 42 in the Jerome and Rohwer concentration camps in Arkansas, the experience irreversibly affected how he viewed himself, his art, and the Japanese American experience. The only thing that remained constant was his desire to paint.

This retrospective survey features works from the National Museum’s extensive collection of Sugimoto’s paintings, prints, drawings, and writing, and spans the entirety of his prolific career as an artist. Henry Sugimoto: Painting an American Experience tells the compelling story of an immigrant, a Japanese American, and an artist.

View paintings from the Henry Sugimoto Collection online.

Past Events

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Members Only On the Road

January 30, 2002

Reception at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, CA
Henry Sugimoto Collection
On the Road Special Events

January 26, 2002

"Henry Sugimoto" Exhibition Opening at the Crocker Art Museum
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Workshops & Classes

September 16, 2001

Bird Carving Workshop for Children
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Lectures & Discussions Lectures & Discussions

September 15, 2001

Behind the Exhibition: Discovering Henry Sugimoto
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Special Events

September 09, 2001

2ND SUNDAY FOR FAMILIES
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Lectures & Discussions Lectures & Discussions

September 08, 2001

Art Talk with Allyson Nakamoto
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Lectures & Discussions Lectures & Discussions

August 18, 2001

Camp Artists and Their Teachers: Focus on Arkansas
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Lectures & Discussions Workshops & Classes

August 11, 2001

Art Talk with Emily Anderson and Flora Ito
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Lectures & Discussions Tours

July 22, 2001

From Wakayama, Japan to New York City, U.S.A.
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Lectures & Discussions Lectures & Discussions

July 14, 2001

Henry Sugimoto Exhibition Art Talk
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Film Screenings

July 12, 2001

Harsh Canvas: The Art and Life of Henry Sugimoto
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Special Events

July 08, 2001

2ND SUNDAY FOR FAMILIES
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Lectures & Discussions

July 07, 2001

The Art of Injustice: Messages Behind the Images
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Lectures & Discussions Lectures & Discussions

June 16, 2001

A Conversation with Madeleine Sugimoto
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Lectures & Discussions

June 09, 2001

Art Talk with Emily Anderson and Flora Ito
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Lectures & Discussions Lectures & Discussions

May 12, 2001

Art Talk with Cheryl Walker
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Lectures & Discussions Lectures & Discussions

April 14, 2001

Art Talk with Vicky Murakami
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Special Events

February 11, 2001

2ND SUNDAY FOR FAMILIES

March 24 - October 07, 2001

Japanese American National Museum

At the age of 19, Henry Sugimoto left Japan to make his life in America. Determined to become an artist, he studied in the San Francisco Bay Area and exhibited nationally and internationally.When he was unjustly incarcerated at 42 in the Jerome and Rohwer concentration camps in Arkansas, the experience irreversibly affected how he viewed himself, his art, and the Japanese American experience. The only thing that remained constant was his desire to paint.

This retrospective survey features works from the National Museum’s extensive collection of Sugimoto’s paintings, prints, drawings, and writing, and spans the entirety of his prolific career as an artist. Henry Sugimoto: Painting an American Experience tells the compelling story of an immigrant, a Japanese American, and an artist.

View paintings from the Henry Sugimoto Collection online.

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