Manzanar hosting special presentation

Manzanar National Historic Site holding special program

All are invited to the Manzanar National Historic Site at 11 am, Saturday, June 27, for a special program “The Life and Art of Chiura Obata” presented by Obata’s granddaughter, author/historian Kimi Kodani Hill.

Chiura Obata (1885-1975) was an Issei artist and art professor at UC Berkeley. During World War II, he and his family were confined at Tanforan racetrack and later at Topaz, Utah. Obata established art schools in both camps.

Obata had a special bond with Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra. His works, showcased in Topaz Moon and Obata’s Yosemite, illustrate human hardship as well as natural beauty.

The program is free and open to the public. After the program, Kimi Kodani Hill will sign books in the Manzanar History Association bookstore (www.manzanarstore.com). Proceeds benefit Manzanar.

Kimi Hill Obata Program 6 27 15 DRAFT

cover photo by Gary Young.

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