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Exhibition November 27, 2019 − May 25

Tiura Obata. American modern

Tiura Obata, who was born in Okayama, Japan, emigrated to the United States in 1903 and began a seven-year career in which anti-immigration laws were passed and mass imprisonment of Japanese-Americans began.

Nevertheless, he became a leading figure on the art scene of Northern California and an influential teacher, taught at the University of California at Berkeley for almost twenty years and served as the founding director of art schools in two internment camps.

ThisExhibition It offers an unparalleled overview of the rich and varied work of Obata and includes more than 100 paintings, drawings, prints and personal items, many of which have never been put on public display. They range from the artist’s early formal studies in Japan to the California landscapes for which he is best known.