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Thu: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
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San Francisco, CA 94102

Bearing Witness: Documenting our Times

Teacher Workshop
On-site at the museum

Sat Nov 5, 2022  
9 AM–12 PM
Koret Classroom
Pay what you Can


How might an artist’s perspective provide new insights to historical events? How can art sustain us during times of crisis and despair? In the Bearing Witness exhibition, painter Chiura Obata’s sketches and watercolors depict his lived experiences of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and the Japanese Incarceration during WWII, as well as his reflections on the bombing of Hiroshima.  How might teachers use these primary documents to enrich students’ understanding of these defining moments in California and U.S. history?  During this workshop, we will learn about Obata’s life and message from his granddaughter, Kimi Hill, who carries his legacy and shares it with the world.  Museum educators will also guide teachers through activities that they can take back to their classrooms, to enable students to bear witness to the historical events they are living through now.


About Kimi Hill

Kimi Hill, Chiura Obata’s granddaughter, has consulted on numerous books and exhibitions about her grandfather, including the Obata retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2019. As family historian Hill also edited the book “Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata’s Art of the Internment,” which tells the story of the Obata family, one of among the thousands of Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII.



For questions about teacher events and workshops, contact the education department at 415-581-3668 or [email protected].

Organizers & Sponsors

Major support for the Asian Art Museum’s school programs and resources is provided by the Dhanam Foundation; The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation Education and Research Fund; and Daphne and Stuart Wells. 

Seeing Gender is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of Neiman Marcus.  

Weaving Stories is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of a gift in memory of Murni Soewardho Knoepfel; Walter Jared Frost and David Salman; and Tania and Michael Stepanian.   

Sustained support generously provided by the Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Endowment Fund for Exhibitions.