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Chiura Obata: An American Modern

March 8 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 12:00pm, repeating until April 29, 2018

Chiura Obata, Grand Canyon, May 15, 1940 (detail). Watercolor on silk, 17 1⁄2 x 21 3⁄4 in. Amber and Richard Sakai Collection

Chiura Obata is of the most significant Japanese American artists of the last century. Born in Okayama, Japan, and working primarily in California, Obata emigrated to the U.S. in 1903 and embarked on a seven-decade career that saw not only the growth of an international American art but also xenophobic laws and the mass incarceration of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. Obata emerged as a leading figure in Northern California’s art scene, serving as an influential art professor at the University of California Berkeley for 22 years, and as a founding director of art schools at the Tanforan Assembly Center in California and the Topaz Relocation Center in Utah during the Japanese American Internment (1942–45).

Chiura Obata: An American Modern surveys Obata’s rich and varied oeuvre, featuring more than 150 superb works of art, many of which have never been on public display. Drawing from private and public collections, the retrospective showcases representative works from every decade of Obata’s career and presents them under thematic groupings in a loosely chronological order.


AD&A Museum
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7130 United States
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