A Culture Within:The Japanese American Experience through Art

Reception: 2012-04-14, 4:00 t0 6:00 pm  |  Open: 2012-04-6  |  Close: 2012-05-28

April 7 – May 28

Opening Reception:  Sat April 14, 4-6 p.m.
Jazz by the J-Town Ensemble – Featuring Ayako Hosokawa 

The Petaluma Arts Center is pleased to present this timely exhibit featuring the work of Henry Sugimoto, an iconic figure in 20th century art, and a man whose life (1900-1990) is emblematic of the Japanese American experience. The exhibit will include works by Chiura Obata, a contemporary of Sugimoto, both of whom managed to pursue their art while incarcerated.

The exhibit includes a collection of approximately 30 of Sugimoto’s woodblock prints that portray life in a relocation camp during WWII. Paintings from his formative years in the San Joaquin Valley, his student days in Paris, nascent career, his internment, and his life as an artist living and working in NYC. Selected pieces will be loaned from the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Photographs from The Heart Mountain Story by Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel of the World War II Internment of Japanese Americans will also be exhibited.

Japanese American Art of both the 20th and 21st century will be represented by groundbreaking fabric artist Kay Sekimachi, ceramicists Harry Nakamoto and David Kuraoka, Wendy Yoshimura, born in the Manzanar Interment Camp, painter Chiyomi Teneike Longo, and glass artist Pamina Traylor, among others.

Related Films, Book Talks, Workshops and Demonstrations are scheduled throughout the exhibition. CLICK HERE now for more details

This exhibition is generously sponsored by:

Garth Bixler, Credence Construction and Hamilton Cabinets, Friends of Sawtelle Boulevard, Kings Art Center, Juliana Navarro and Dr. Jack E. Miller, Karen Petersen, Michael Frost and Katherine Plank, Nancy Paulding, P.O.S.T. Wellness by Design, Ren Brown Collection Gallery, Sonoma County Japanese American Citizen’s League,  Scout Construction, Jane & Jack Stuppin. The H.O.T.S. Liz and Mario Uribe

And our 2012 Program Partner:  Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP

The Center is open 12 to 4 pm, closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and most national holidays. For information, call 707.762.5600

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