A drawing by Miné Okubo depicts incarceree arrival into Utah’s Topaz concentration camp. (Photo courtesy of Japanese American National Museum, Gift of Miné Okubo Estate, 2007)

WHO/WHAT: Artists Kiku Hughes, MariNaomi and Yumi Sakugawa will join the Japanese American National Museum virtually for an interactive discussion about how their lives and work have been inspired by Japanese American artist Miné Okubo. Best known for her published piece “Citizen 13660” in 1946, Okubo’s work was the first ever book-length account of America’s Japanese concentration camps from the perspective of a former incarceree. Through the series of nearly 200 illustrations, Okubo documented her experience in a series of nearly 200 illustrations, taking the reader on a journey first-hand of what it was like for her to live a life behind barbed wire. The discussion will be followed by an interactive creative break with each artist. Okubo’s sketches are currently on display within JANM until Sunday, Feb. 20.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Jan. 29, 2-3:30 p.m. (PST). Go to janm.org/events/2022-01-29/virtual-artist-talk-inspired-mine to RSVP and learn more about the event.

COST: Free for members and $5 for the general public.


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