Karin Higa

Karin Higa was a curator and specialist in Asian American art and was the Senior Curator of Art at the Japanese American National Museum, organizing a number of exhibitions including George Nakashima: Nature, Form & Spirit, Sights Unseen: The Photographic Constructions of Masumi Hayashi, Living in Color: The Art of Hideo Date, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto: Memory, Matter and Modern Romance, and The View from Within: Japanese American Art from the Internment Camps, 1942-1945. She held degrees from Columbia University and UCLA, taught at Mills College, UC Irvine, and Otis College of Art and Design, and lectured extensively on Asian American and contemporary art. 

Updated July 2018

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Japanese American National Museum Magazine

Hideo Date: An Introduction

He hung up the phone, but not before he had politely, yet firmly, asked me not to call again. It was almost 10 years ago. I was a young curator who had finally found Hideo Date living in New York, in Queens.

I had heard bits and pieces about Date and his art from a variety of sources, art historians and community folk alike. An idiosyncratic personality who had lived and worked in the heady days of pre-World War II Los Angeles, his was a name that had circulated on people’s lips as an underknown and underrecognized find: he ...

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