Japanese American National Museum / Tuna Canyon Detention Station exhibition, ongoing

Japanese American National Museum Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station December 10, 2016 – April 9, 2017 This special display tells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the US Department of Justice during World War II. Photographs, letters, and diaries bring the experiences of imprisoned Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and Japanese Peruvians to life. This project was organized by the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition; funded, in part, by a grant from...
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Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group Dec. 24 – May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art www.lacma.org The Japanese Art Acquisitions Group (JAAG) was established in 2008 to support the acquisition efforts of the Japanese Art department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The group was founded by an important and long-time donor to LACMA and major supporter of the arts in Los Angeles, and is made up of like-minded individuals who share a desire to bring the beauty of Japanese art to the...
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LACMA displaying Maruyama Okyo’s “Canes” (1772) at Japanese Pavilion

LACMA Maruyama Okyo Screens Cranes

Maruyama Okyo’s screens of “Cranes”was acquired in 2012 by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Maruyama Okyo (1733-95) is pivotal to Japanese art history for being one of the first artists to paint directly from nature rather than from paintings and sketches. Of his five most famous pairs of screens, four are registered National Treasures by the Japanese government and may therefore never leave Japan except on lone. Only these legendary screens remain unregistered, and on Feb. 22, 2011 after two-year campaign by LACM’s Curator of Japanese Art, Robert T. Singer, the Ministry of Culture of Japan granted...
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LACMA displaying calligraphy (c.1840-60) of Lord Tokugawa Nariaki at Japanese Pavilion

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group Dec. 24, 2016 – May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art www.lacma.org Lord Tokugawa Nariaki Japan, 1800 – 1868 Snow, Moon, Flower Calligraphy, c 1840 – 60 Set of three hanging scrolls, ink and pigment on paper Gift of the 2008 Japanese Art Acquisitions Group M. 2008.11.1-.3 This calligraphy triptych bears the character for “snow” on the right scroll, “moon” on the central scroll, and “flower” on the left scroll. “Setsugetsuka” (snow, moon, flower) is a timeless Japanese poetic phrase...
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LACMA /1960s-70s era Japanese graphic design exhibition at Japanese Pavilion

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Awazu Kiyoshi, Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated October 15, 2016–May 7, 2017 Pavilion for Japanese Art Designer and artist Awazu Kiyoshi (1929–2009) devoted his career to political advocacy and collaborations within Tokyo’s artistic community. In stark contrast to the prevailing modernist dogma, which sought universal and impersonal set of symbols, Awazu imbued his expressive, hand-drawn designs with local traditions. He argued that the designer’s mission was “to extend the rural into the city, foreground the folklore, reawaken the past, summon back the outdated.” Awazu Kiyoshi Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated focuses on Awazu’s...
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LACMA displaying an oil painting of World War II Internment barracks at American Art galley

Taneyuki Dan Harada was born in Little Tokyo in 1923, but at age of seven, he move to Japan with his mother following the death of his father. In 1938, when Harada was fourteen, the family returned to the U.S. when his mother remarried and settled in Oakland, California. In 1942, he and his family were incarcerated at the Tanforan Assembly Center, where he began painting at the Tanforran art school founded by Issei artists Chiura Obata and George Matsusaburo Hibi, along with other Nisei artists such as Mine Okubo and Frank Taira. In January 2017, Cultural News editor...
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Phoenix Art Museum to present “SAMURAI” exhibition from Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, ongoing

Samurai exhibition

Phoenix Art Museum SAMURAI exhibition at Steele Gallery Samurai Armors from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection March 1, 2017 – July 16 First Friday: Public Opening for Samurai Exhibit Friday, March 3rd / 6 – 10 p.m. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 http://www.phxart.org/Samurai
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Contemporary Art at The Broad: “Creature” a free general admission installation, closing March 19

50+ works by artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, George Condo, Ellen Gallagher, Leon Golub, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Thomas Houseago, Takashi Murakami, Tony Oursler, Susan Rothenberg explore the human and the animal Nov. 5, 2016  – March 19, 2017 LOS ANGELES-This fall, The Broad will present Creature, a free general admission installation opening Nov. 5 that will fill the museum’s first-floor galleries with more than 50 works presenting approaches to figuration and representations of the self in the Broad collection. From slick avatars and popular icons to images rooted in mythology and animal instincts, the installation will feature works by over...
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Go For Broke National Education Center “Defining Courage” ongoing

Go For Broke National Education Center will debut its new facilities and groundbreaking Defining Courage exhibition on Saturday, May 28, with a Ribbon Cutting and Homecoming Festival in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. The Defining Courage exhibition will feature free timed-entry during the Homecoming Festival. Exhibition admittance is limited and early reservations are recommended at www.GoForBroke.org. Since its formation in 1989, Go For Broke National Education Center has been committed to educating the public about the responsibilities, challenges, and rights of American citizenship by using the life stories of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II....
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Japanese American National Museum “Special Display: Sadako’s Crane” ongoing

Japanese American National Museum Special Display  Sadako’s Crane The crane is currently on display in JANM’s Hirasaki National Resource Center and viewable as part of admission to the museum. Please check the HNRC page for its hours. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city. When she was twelve, she contracted leukemia and was hospitalized. One of her roommates at the hospital told her about the Japanese belief that anyone who folds one thousand cranes would be granted a wish, so Sadako began folding cranes with the hope...
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Hiroshima and Nagasaki experience program to be held at Long Beach center, March 12, from 1:30PM

1000 Prayers for Peace (c) Richard Yutaka Fukuhara 2012

Shadows for Peace, for the Sake of the Children: The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Experience March 12, 2017 (Sunday) Time: 1:30 to 4:00 pm The Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center 1766 Seabright Avenue, Long Beach 90813 Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center presents “Shadows for Peace” featuring music by the Nori Tani and Friends, interviews with atomic survivors, Hibakusha, and artwork created from Hibakusha stories and hope and prayers for World Peace by Richard Fukuhara. This free program begins at 1:30 pm with music and the art exhibition. At 2:00 pm information about “Shadows for Peace,” the morning of August 6...
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Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival March 11-12

Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

                      Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival Expands to Two Weekends – March 4-5, and 11-12 Descanso Gardens is pleased once again to welcome springtime with its annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Due to overwhelming popularity, the festival will expand to two weekends this year – Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5 and 11-12, 2017.   Reservations must be made in advance for timed tickets that will go on sale to the public February 17 at descansogardens.org. “Over the last several years, the flowering cherry trees have been stars of the spring...
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