Finding a Way Forward — A Conversation on the WWII American Concentration Camps | Visit Stockton

Finding a Way Forward — A Conversation on the WWII American Concentration Camps

Admission: Free & Open to the Public

Location: Online

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Contact: Jan Marlese

Finding a Way Forward — A Conversation on the WWII American Concentration Camps

LH Horton Jr Gallery presents a virtual panel discussion in association with the online exhibition, "Shadows from the Past: Sansei Artists and the American Concentration Camps," curated by Gail Enns, Director of Celadon Arts. The exhibition and associated events are ONLINE 

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The panel moderator is exhibiting artist, Jerry Takigawa, who will present his photographic series, "Balancing Cultures". Guest panelists include: Ann Burroughs, President and CEO, and Clement Hanami, VP of Exhibitions and Art, both from the Japanese American National Museum; Susan H. Kamei, educator, author, and Managing Director of the University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute; and Larry Oda, past President of the National Japanese American Citizens League.

"Shadows of the Past" exhibition presents the work of eight nationally recognized Sansei artists whose work reflect their mutual Japanese American history and the racial injustice of their families’ incarceration during WWII in the American Concentration Camps. The term Sansei (“third generation”) is a Japanese word used in parts of the world such as South America and North American to specify the grandchildren, or third generation, of Japanese origin in that country. The Sansei are now the last generation to have heard the stories of those incarcerated first-hand.

To bring this online exhibition to life, Gail Enns, curator of the exhibition and Director of Celadon Arts in Monterey, has worked with these artists to include a variety of genres and mediums including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, assemblage, and fiber arts. “They demonstrate how contemporary artists have managed their challenging cultural, historical and political place in America,” states Enns. “Each artist uniquely contributes something vital to the collective memory and struggles of the Japanese American people and culture as the events of nearly 80 years ago continue to impact their lives today.”

The exhibition was originated by the Monterey Museum of Art and Celadon Arts in cooperation with the LH Horton Jr Gallery, and will be presented by the Monterey Museum of Art in September 2021. The exhibition for the Horton Gallery is partially sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League of Stockton, Delta College Cultural Awareness Program, and the Delta College Asian and Pacific Islander American Staff Association.

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