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Shadows from the Past: Sansei Artists and the American Concentration Camps

Admission: Free

Location: LH Horton Jr. Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College

5151 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Contact: Jan Marlese
Email: jan.marlese@deltacollege.edu
Phone: (209) 954-5507

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Shadows from the Past: Sansei Artists and the American Concentration Camps

This event has passed but is here for informational purposes.

"Shadows from the Past: Sansei Artists and the American Concentration Camps," opens online at http://gallery.deltacollege.ed... on January 21 (ongoing) and at at 5:30pm PST there will be a virtual reception to meet the Artists.

The 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.”

Exhibiting Artists

Lydia Nakashima Degarrod

Reiko Fujii

Lucien Kubo

Wendy Maruyama

Tom Nakashima

Na Omi Judy Shintani

Masako Takahashi

Jerry Takigawa

In addition to the online exhibition, two virtual events will be held as follows:

On January 28th at 1:30pm PST, artist Tom Nakashima will take us on a virtual walking tour through his awesome art studio in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where we will view his paintings, drawings, and prints. Tom will discuss the contextual themes of his iconic images of sanctuary, cage, and portrait and how they relate to the general theme of incarceration.

On February 4th at 1:30pm PST, artist Lydia Nakashima Degarrod will discuss the process of paper making used in her work. We will see how she merges the fibers from the herb yerba, known for its healing qualities in Latin America, and mulberry fibers used in Japan for traditional paper-making. She will also demonstrate the process of photographic transfer.

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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