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George Takei Speaks of Growing Up Japanese-American

James Roman and George Takei at the Crow Collection of Asian Art (photo by Mr. Holga)

James Roman and George Takei at the Crow Collection of Asian Art (photo by Mr. Holga)

The Crow Collection of Asian Art had special guest George Takei (actor, author, activist) speak tonight about his experiences growing up Japanese-American during World War II. The lecture was held at the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art. After Mr. Takei spoke for thirty minutes and then answered some questions, the crowd moved to the Crow Collection across the street for refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres.

Mr. Takei’s visit is well timed to coinside with the Crow Collections current exhibit The Return of the Yellow Peril: A Survey of the Work of Roger Shimomura, 1969-2007. Mr. Shimomura put on canvas the exact sentiment that Mr. Takei so eloquently imparted to the audience.

Tonight’s lecture was nicely presented by the Crow Collection. The post-lecture reception was even more delightful at the Crow Collection museum. All attendees got a few moments with Mr. Takei for photos and autographs. Domo arigato, Mr. Takei.

If you find yourself downtown at either the Dallas Museum of Art or Nasher Sculpture Center, I strongly recommend you visit the Crow Collection to see The Return of the Yellow Peril. Mr. Shimomura’s work mixes his experiences growing up Japanese-American with Pop Art. All works have a Warhol, eye-candy appeal with a heavy underlying message. The works are beautiful and I would like to know how Mr. Shimomura achieved such perfect lines.

Unfortunately, a visit to the Crow Collection gift shop will not yield a book of The Return of the Yellow Peril. If so, then I would have snapped one up.

I recommend seeing Mr. Shimomura’s works before August 9, 2009, when the exhibit ends.

About M. C. Roman

M. C. Roman, owner and managing editor of Dallas Art News, is a painter, printmaker and photographer. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. M. C.'s art can be viewed at michaelroman.com. Social media friends can find M. C. on Facebook at facebook.com/mcroman.

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