The Life and Art of Chiura Obata
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In conjunction with the exhibit, Bearing Witness: Selected Works by Chiura Obata, this presentation will explore the career of California artist and distinguished UC Berkeley professor, Chiura Obata (1885-1975). The range of his artwork includes many historical accounts, from the 1906 earthquake to the injustices of incarceration. This exhibit will be on display in the Japanese Galleries starting in June.
Kimi Hill will share how the California landscapes inspired and sustained Obata’s vision of our relationship to nature. His seminal work in Yosemite and the High Sierra was created nearly 100 years ago. His art and philosophy of gratitude and reverence to “Dai Shizen”- Great Nature continues to resonate with admirers, both new and old.
Kimi Hill, Obata’s granddaughter, has consulted on numerous books and exhibitions about her grandfather, including the 2019 Obata retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. As family historian, Hill also edited the book “Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata’s Art of the Internment” which tells the story of the Obata family, one of among the thousands of Japanese Americans incarcerated during WW II.
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