“Chiura Obata: An American Modern” will be on display through Sept. 29 at The Crocker Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento.
Born in Okayama, Japan, Chiura Obata (1885–1975) immigrated to the United States in 1903 and embarked on a seven-decade career that saw the enactment of anti-immigration laws and the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. He nevertheless emerged as a leading figure in the Northern California art scene and as an influential educator, teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, for nearly 20 years and acting as founding director of art schools in two of the internment camps. This exhibition offers an unprecedented survey of Obata’s rich and varied body of work and includes over 100 paintings, drawings, prints, and personal items, many of which have never been on public display. They range from the artist’s early formal studies as a student in Japan to the California landscapes for which he is most recognized.
Founded in 1885, the Crocker features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of master drawings and international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art.
More information about exhibits and programs can be found at crockerart.org or by following @crockerart. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Museum is closed Mondays. Every third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Western Health Advantage.