Virtual Artist Talk—Inspired by Miné

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Saturday January 29

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12:00 PM  –  1:30 PM

Due to the rapidly increasing COVID-19 infection rates in Los Angeles County due to the Omicron variant, this program will now be held virtually.

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Tenacious and prolific, Japanese American artist Miné Okubo continued perfecting her art even as war intervened twice during the early years of her promising career. Okubo is acclaimed for Citizen 13660, a book of her 198 drawings revealing life inside a temporary Bay Area detention center and a Utah concentration camp where she was incarcerated with thousands of other Japanese during World War II. It is the first book about the American concentration camp experience by a former prisoner.

Okubo’s work has influenced many Japanese American artists up to the present day, whether through her practice, style, or dedication to documenting the truth about the world around her. In this interactive discussion and workshop, artists Kiku Hughes, MariNaomi, and Yumi Sakugawa will share how they are inspired by Miné. The discussion will be followed by interactive drawing sessions with each artist.