The Life and Art of Chiura Obata

Saturday Jun 27 2015   11:00 AM
Manzanar National Historic Site  , Independence, CA  map

Kimi Kodani Hill, author of Topaz Moon, will give a presentation on her grandfather, Chiura Obata. 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. After the program, Kimi Kodani Hill will sign books in the Manzanar History Association bookstore. Proceeds benefit Manzanar.

Free and open to the public; for more information download the flyer.

Kimi Kodani Hill is the granddaughter of Chiura Obata, and the Obata family historian. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the California College of Arts and Crafts, she has served as the consultant for numerous Obata projects and exhibits. She is the editor of Shades of California: The Hidden Beauty of Ordinary Life and Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata's Art of the Internment.