[Marxism] Remembering Jimmy Mirikitani

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Oct 30 08:37:15 MDT 2012


Remembering Jimmy Mirikitani

It is with deep sorrow that we must share the sad news that Jimmy 
Mirikitani passed away on Sunday October 21. He was 92 years old. Learn 
more about Jimmy, who was profiled in audience favorite, The Cats of 


"Make art not war" is Jimmy Mirikitani's motto. The 80-year-old artist 
was born in Sacramento, California, raised in Hiroshima, Japan, traveled 
the U.S. and even cooked for artist Jackson Pollock. But by 2001, 
Mirikitani was homeless, living on the streets of New York City. As 
tourists and shoppers hurried past, Mirikitani sat alone on a windy 
corner in New York’s SoHo, drawing pictures of whimsical cats, bleak 
internment camps and the angry red flames of the atomic bomb. When local 
filmmaker Linda Hattendorf stopped to ask about his art, a 
friendship—detailed in THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI—began that changed both 
their lives.

My review of "The Cats of Mirikitani": 

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