AGRARIANAA @ JAMSJ

Egg House Wall, 2004, courtesy of Reiko Fujii

Agrarianaa @ Japanese American Museum of San Jose

AAWAA and the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) present the multidisciplinary art exhibition Agrarianaa featuring 9 local and national artists inspired by the rich history of Japanese American agricultural crafts, legacies and present-day community placemaking. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, films and multimedia installations inspired by a diverse range of subjects including artists’ own family farms along the west coast, local activities such as strawberry picking, agriculture-related mythological figures such as the Goddess of Rice and kitsune (fox), the contemporary relationship of farming labor practices and eco-justice, and the agricultural connection between Japan the Americas.

Agrarianaa artworks will be in dialogue with the permanent collection of the JAMsj, which chronicles more than a century of Japanese American history. Visitors will learn about early immigration of Japanese to America, their leadership in the agricultural community,  their incarceration during World War II and the challenges they faced, while adapting and contributing to West Coast communities.

Curators: Diana Li, Erina C Alejo, Michelle A. Lee

Participating Artists: Shari DeBoer, Judy Shintani, Reiko Fujii, Tina Kashiwagi, Mitsuko Brooks, General Sisters, Sita Bhaumik, Lucien Kubo, Yurika Chiba

Dates: March 9 – October 13, 2019

Location: Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. Fifth St, San Jose, CA 95112

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, $5 Student/Senior Admission, $8 General Admission.

Opening Reception: March 9, 2019 from 12:00-3:00pm. Featuring a participatory piece from artist General Sisters, light refreshments, and more.

Artist Talk / Community Event: August 17 from 1:00-3:00pm

Closing Reception: September 29, 2019 from 1:00-3:00pm



Presentation Partners: Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)

Funded in Part by: California Arts Council, Grants for the Arts, Midori Kai, and National Endowment for the Arts