Saturday, June 6, 2015

Artists' Talks & Book-Signings for Sugar/Islands

In addition to our special events at the Japanese American National Museum as part of Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai'i - the art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara, Emily and I will speaking together and doing book-signings in Chicago, IL and Gardena, CA.

The Japan America Society of Chicago
July 8, 2015 5:50-7:30pm

DePaul Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60614
Free for students and all DePaul students, staff, alumni and faculty.
$5 JASC members, $10 non-members
RSVP here.
Download the event flier for more info.

Okinawa Association of America (OAA)
July 10th, 8:00 PM

16500 S. Western Ave. Room 103
Gardena, CA 90247
OAA members only
Please call 310-532-1929 for more information

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai'i - the art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara

Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai'i -
the art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara

curated by Krystal Hauseur

Japanese American National Museum

July 11 - September 6, 2015

100 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
phone: 213.625.0414 
toll-free: 800.461.5266 fax: 213.625.1770

RSVP for the July 11th opening and see the full line up of related events on the JANM website.
July 11th 11am-4pm JANM Free Family Days: Okinawan Traditions
July 11 2:00pm Panel Discussion and Opening Reception (free and open to the public but please RSVP)
July 12th and 18th Members Only Exhibition Tour
July 18th 6pm Canefield Songs: Holehole Bushi Advance Screening and Panel Discussion
August 8th Members Only Family History Workshop

Incorporating paintings by Laura Kina and photographs by Emily Hanako Momohara, Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i is a unique examination of worker migration and settlement from the islands of Okinawa to the islands of Hawai‘i, prompted by opportunities afforded by the latter’s sugar plantations and pineapple farms during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Kina’s Sugar and Momohara’s Islands series are individual bodies of work grounded in each artist’s own journey to uncover her family history; both examine the complex ways that the past is present in our collective and individual identities.

Forthcoming Book Publication July 12015 - in conjunction with the exhibition, Bear River Press is publishing a 50-page exhibition catalog with a foreword written by G.W. Kimura, curatorial essay by Krystal Hauseur, an invited essay by Margo Machida, an interview with the artists, and full color reproductions of all of the images in the show. ISBN -13: 978-0-9768528-2-7; ISBN: 0-768528-2-9.