2017 / JANM: “New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei” March 12 – Aug. 20

The entrance of “New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei” exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum. (Cultural News Photo)

A new exhibition exploring the life and career of pioneering actor, activist, and social media icon George Takei opens at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on March 12.

New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei creates a portrait of a unique individual while offering an innovative means of engaging with the social history of America.

The exhibition features numerous never-before-seen personal items through which visitors learn not just about Takei but also about the constantly evolving fabric of America’s cultural identity, political outlook, social mores, and media landscape. It is on view through August 20, 2017.

Remarks by Ann Burroughs, the museum’s Interim President and CEO: George Takei has blazed numerous trails for civil rights and social justice, serving as an inspiration to people of all backgrounds and across generations. New Frontiers reveals how this one person has been at the center of significant changes in American society and has influenced the lives of countless people. It shows the unflinching and courageous stand he has taken on many of the most pressing social issues we face today, including fighting against media stereotypes and for marriage equality, and I hope it motivates visitors to take action themselves in fighting for rights and protecting democracy.

Remarks by Jeff Yang, noted author, journalist, cultural critics, and curator of the exhibition: I have been profoundly influenced by George’s life and being asked to curate New Frontiers was an honor. Using the collection that he and his partner Brad donated to the Japanese American National Museum to provide a unique lens on 80 years of American history was a humbling experience. George has accomplished so much in so many fields. It’s my hope that people come away from seeing the exhibition with a real appreciation of just how important George has been and how we all, as individuals, can and should strive to make a difference in our world.

For more information about the New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei exhibition and related public programs, visit janm.org/new-frontiers.