Chiura Obata (1885–1975) was one of the most significant Japanese American artists working on the West Coast in the last century. Born in Okayama, Japan, Obata emigrated to the United States in 1903 and embarked on a seven-decade career that saw the enactment of anti-immigration laws and the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. This exhibition presents an unprecedented survey of Obata’s rich and varied body of work that includes over 150 paintings and personal effects, many of which have never been on public display.
This exhibition was previously on view at the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Utah Museum of Fine Art. It will also travel to the Crocker Art Museum (June 23–September 29, 2019), the Crocker Art Museum (June 23 – September 29, 2019), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (November 1, 2019–April 12, 2020).
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