BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.1360@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20070610T000000Z DTEND:20070812T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong>The Art of Jimmy Mirikitani</strong>\n<em>June 10 - Aug ust 12\, 2007</em>\n\nThis summer ONLC is hosting a collection of painting s and drawings by <a href="/wiki/index.php/Jimmy_Tsutomu_Mirikitani">Jimmy Mirkitani</a> that explore his life and work\, the lasting impacts of war and discrimination\, and the healing power of creativity.\n\n"Make art no t war" is Jimmy Mirikitani’s motto. Jimmy is an 87-year-old artist who w as born in Sacramento\, California in 1920 and raised and educated in Hiro shima\, Japan. He returned to the United States in 1938 to pursue a career in art\, and was living in Seattle with his sister Kazuko when the Japane se attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7\, 1941.\n\nExecutive Order 9066 for ced Jimmy and his sister to leave their home and move to separate internme nt camps hundreds of miles apart. Jimmy was sent to Tule Lake War Relocati on Camp\, located about 150 miles south of the Oregon-California border. H e renounced his U.S. citizenship in protest there. After the war ended\, J immy and hundreds of others continued to be held without charge\, first in Tule Lake\, then in a Department of Justice INS camp in Crystal City\, Te xas. He was transferred to “relaxed internment\,” working the 12 hour night shift\, 6 days a week\, sorting vegetables on an assembly line at Se abrook Farms in New Jersey\, and was released from there in August of 1947 . A single lawyer\, Wayne Collins\, worked for decades to help Jimmy and 5 \,000 other renunciants reclaim the citizenship they had given up under du ress.\n\nJimmy arrived in New York City in the early 1950s to attempt to r esume his art career. When an art professor found him sleeping in the Colu mbia University library\, he was referred to the New York Buddhist Church where he was provided with room\, board\, and training as a cook. For year s\, he traveled the East Coast working seasonal jobs.\n\nJimmy’s U.S. ci tizenship was finally restored in 1959\, but by then he had moved so often that the government’s letter never reached him. Eventually\, Jimmy beca me a live-in cook on Park Avenue. But when his employer died in the late 1 980’s\, Jimmy found himself without home or job. Within a year he was ho meless and living in Washington Square Park in New York City\, selling his artwork to survive. He was homeless for two decades.\n\nIn 2001\, he met Linda Hattendorf\, who later produced a documentary film\, <em>The Cats of Mirikitani</em>\, about Jimmy’s life and work. She helped him apply for Social Security\, SSI\, and housing benefits\, and in 2002 he moved into an assisted-living retirement center. Later that same year\, he was reunit ed with his sister Kazuko for the first time in 60 years.\n\nPortland show ing made possible by The Wing Luke Asian Museum. Curated by Roger Shimomur a\, American artist and former internee. Exhibit graphic design by Wilmer Galindo and Michelle Kumata. Thanks also to Linda Hattendorf\, director of the documentary film The Cats of Mirikitani.\n\nExhibit hours:\nTuesday - Saturday 11 am to 3 pm\, Sundays noon to 3 pm.\nAdmission is $3 (free for Friends of the Legacy Center).\n\nOregon Nikkei Legacy Center\n121 NW 2nd Avenue\nPortland\, OR 97209\n503-224-1458\n<a>www.oregonnikkei.org</a>\n< a>onlc@oregonnikkei.org</a>\n SUMMARY:Exhibition of artwork by Jimmy Mirikitani URL:/en/events/2007/06/10/artwork-by-jimmy-mirikitani-portland/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR