Japanese-American Art and Artists
Chinese-American Art and Artists
(above: Dong Kingman, Coastline,
California, between 1935 and 1941, 15.7 x 22 inches, Smithsonian
American Art Museum. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)
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Resource Library articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art:
Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970 (1/13/08)
The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946; excerpt of Preface by Delphine Hirasuna (7/23/08)
A Bit of Paris in Heart Mountain by Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick (3/08)
A Seed of Modernism: The Art Students League of Los Angeles, 1906-53; (2/29/08)
The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946 (1/28/08)
Sunshine & Shadow: In Search of Jake Lee (12/17/07)
One Man's Journey: The Paintings of Yan Sun (9/13/07)
The Art of Yan Zhou Xu: A Continuing Journey (12/21/06)
Seonna Hong; essay by Dana Self (11/13/06)
Urban Isolation: Figurative Paintings by York Chang and Yu Ji (11/3/06)
Jun Kaneko: Madama Butterfly (2/18/06)
Embracing Tradition: Ink Landscapes by Arnold Chang, with an interview of the artist led by Nancy Tingley (10/31/05)
Stella Lai: Let's Stop Pretending, with gallery guide text by John D. Spiak (8/24/05)
Isamu Noguchi: Master Sculptor (10/1/04)
The Art and Poetry of Yun Gee (11/20/03)
Teng Hiok Chiu's Artistic Journey: West to East by Debra J. Byrne (5/28/03)
Tales of Yellow Skin: The Art of Long Nguyen (4/7/03)
Hung Liu: Strange Fruit (11/22/02)
Dong Kingman: Watercolor Master (11/1/02)
The Narrative Paintings of Hung Liu (9/6/02)
Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Recent Works by Mei-ling Hom, Yongsook Kim-Lambert and Ben Yu (7/17/02)
Mint Museum Acquires Rare Rookwood, Kataro Shirayamadani's Dragon Vase (3/10/01)
An American Diary: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura (10/14/00)
Patrick Nagatani at The Center for Creative Photography (10/6/00)
Zhe-zhou Jiang, Chinese Ink and Watercolor Paintings (8/28/00)
Great Nature: The Transcendent Landscapes of Chiura Obata (8/14/00)
Beyond Ethnic Stereotypes: Contemporary Chinese American Artists (8/4/00)
Woodcuts by Hiratsuka: A Master in Our Midst (6/3/99)
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(above: Toshio Aoki, Daniel Freeman (Los Angeles County), 1895, drawing, Los Angeles Herald, February 17, 1895. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
(above: In a very colorful setting is Professor Chiura Obata at work at the Grimm Lamback Artificial Flower Co., as Mr. Harry Taylor, Art Director, looks on. Profess Obata is an evacuee from the Central Utah Relocation Center. A former resident of Berkeley, California, he is on leave of absence from the University of California, Berkeley, California, 9/20/44 Volume 50, Section F, WRA no. I-532, from UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library; War Relocation Authority, Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement, Series 13: Relocation. Photographer: Iwasaki, Hikaru -- St. Louis, Missouri. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
(above: Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Benji Okuda [sic, Okubo] instructing a life class, an adult night school group at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, 1943, photo by Tom Parker. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
(above: Spectators are viewing paintings and drawings of relocation center life by Miss Mine Okubo, Nisei, who resettled to new York from the Tapaz Center, at the opening of an exhibit of her work on March 6, at the American Common in New York under the auspices of the Common Council for American Unity. At the left is Miss M. Margaret Anderson, editor of Common Ground, the Council's quarterly. Miss Okubo came East in 1944 to serve as contributing artist to Fortune Magazine's special issue on Japan. She has also contributed to the New York Times, Saturday Review of Literature, Survey Graphic, and Lamp. She recently completed a manuscript for a book about the evacuation of Japanese Americans from the West Coast. Born in Riverside, Calif., her art work has been widely exhibited on the West Coast, where she won several prizes. The University of California awarded her the B.A. and M.A. degrees, and in 1938 its highest art honor -- the Bertha Henicke Taussig Memorial Traveling Fellowship. On this she studied for two years in Europe. She returned to this country when the war started and began work almost immediately at the Golden Gate Fair, demonstrating fresco painting. She was evacuated to the Tanforan Center in May 1942 and taught art for six months. At Central Utah, she was on the staff of the Topaz Times and art editor of Trek. Her father, a married brother and family are at the Poston Center. Another brother teaches art at Heart Mountain. A married sister and family resettled in Brooklyn, N.Y. Two other brothers are in the U.S. Army -- Pvt. Senji, who recently returned from France with the Purple Heart after service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Pfc. Soku, who is stationed at Fort Snelling, Minn. 1945, Photo by Toge Fujihira, Toge, New York, New York. Identifier: Volume 40, Section E, WRA no. G-830, War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement, Series 12: Relocation: new homes, etc. (various places). Courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
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