Saturday, July 18, 2015

Video, photos, press, and book for Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai'i - the Art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara

Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawaii - the art of Laura Kina and Emily Hanako Momohara
curated by Krystal Hauseur
opened on July 11th and will be on view through Sept 6, 2015 at the
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Artists Emily Hanako Momohara and Laura Kina with curator Krystal Hauseur
The Japanese American National Museum
Laura's family at the opening of Sugar/Islands
After the July 12, 2015 tour and book signing - Bear River Press publisher Cindy Kumagawa, artist Laura Kina, JANM VP of Programs Koji Sakai, curator Krystal Hauseur, and artist Emily Hanako Momohara.
Installation view - from JANM's facebook album.
Krystal, Laura, and Emily at the July 11th panel discussion - from JANM's facebook album.

Visitors touring the exhibition - from JANM's facebook album.

View more of Laura's snapshots from the opening
View JANM's photos from the opening
View JANM's photos from the Free Family Fun Day: Okinawa Traditions

Watch the Sugar/Islands video.
Paintings by Laura Kina and photographs by Emily Hanako Momohara explore the artists’ mixed-heritage roots in Okinawa and Hawai‘i, employing unique strategies that blend fiction and reality to question the stability of memory and identity. In this video, they discuss their families, identity, and their art.

Buy the book
In conjunction with the exhibition, Bear River Press has published 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. $24 ISBN -13: 978-0-9768528-2-7; ISBN: 0-768528-2-9. The book is now available to purchase online via Bear River Press or by email: Cindy Kumagawa
Download the book order form.
Or buy the book from the JANM bookstore or online, as well as related books, from the JANM bookstore.

Heidi Kulicke, "A Double Shot In Little Tokyo: Stories of War and Island Heritage Are Highlighted in a Pair of JANM Exhibits," Downtown News, July 20, 2015, p. 14.
Darryl Mori, "Q&A with Sugar/Islands Artist Laura Kina," Discover Nikkei, July 16, 2015.

Michelle Mills, "New Japanese American National Museum shows traverse Japanese-American journey to truth," San Gabriel Valley Tribune, July 8, 2015.
Reprinted on July 10, 2015 in:
Los Angeles Daily News
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Torrance Daily Breeze
Pasadena Star-News
Whittier Daily News
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
San Bernardino Sun
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Redlands Daily Facts

"Two New Exhibitions to Open at JANM," Rafu Shimpo, July 9, 2015.

Darryl Mori, "Making Art That Matters: Sugar/Islands and Stories of Hawai'i's History," Discover Nikkei, July 7, 2015.

Allyson Nakamoto, "New Exhibition Touches on Okinawan History," First & Central: The JANM Blog, June 30, 2015.


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