If you’re coming to Los Angeles or are a resident, you don’t want to miss the new exhibit, New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei, at the Japanese American National Museum, which opened on March 12th and runs through August 20th.
This new exhibition explores the life and career of pioneering actor, activist, and social media icon George Takei sharing this social history of America. The exhibition features never-before-seen personal items which will enlighten visitors about the constantly evolving fabric of America’s cultural identity, political outlook, social mores, and media landscape.
Here’s our interview with George talking about this new installment at JANM with Entertainment reporter Kaori Takee:
New Frontiers will be accompanied by two publications available for purchase at the JANM Store and online at janmstore.com.
- Excelsior: The Many Lives of George Takei, a 24-page comic book written by Yang with pencils and inks by Jamie Noguchi
- New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei, a graphic anthology exploring Takei’s life
More about the New Frontiers exhibit curated by noted author, journalist, and cultural critic Jeff Yang
In September 2016, Takei and his husband, Brad Takei, donated a treasure trove of materials from throughout his life to the museum and a selection of these items serves as the foundation for New Frontiers. Included are photographs, correspondence, scripts, campaign materials from his 1973 Los Angeles City Council bid, and one-of-a-kind artworks made by his legions of fans.
“I have been profoundly influenced by George’s life and being asked to curate New Frontiers was an honor. Using the collection that he and Brad donated to the Japanese American National Museum to provide a unique lens on 80 years of American history was a humbling experience,” said Yang. “George has accomplished so much in so many fields. It’s my hope that people come away from seeing the exhibition with a real appreciation of just how important George has been and how we all, as individuals, can and should strive to make a difference in our world.”
Of special note are a sculpture made by Takei’s father while the family was incarcerated during World War II at the concentration camp in Rohwer, Arkansas; the walking stick Takei carried on his ascent of Mount Fuji in Japan; the Olympic torch he carried in the lead-up to the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles; photos of the wedding of George and Brad Takei; and the key to the city of Roanoke, Virginia. Takei traveled to Roanoke in 2016 to meet with its Mayor, David Bowers, after Bowers cited the use of Japanese American concentration camps to justify suspending the relocation of Syrian refugees to the city.
For more information about the New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei exhibition and related public programs, visit janm.org.