SF Arts: Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties is a multimedia exhibition featuring imagery by noted American photographers Dorothea Lange, Clem Albers and Ansel Adams opens January 18, 2019.

 

The exhibit will be enhanced by additional imagery from photographers commissioned by the U.S. government’s War Relocation Authority.


Chase Contemporary Presents British Artist’s The Connor Brothers Solo Exhibition


Presented by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation in partnership with the National Japanese American Historical Society and J-Sei, the exhibition tells the story of the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese American citizens and residents from their homes during WWII, without due process or other constitutional protections.

Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942 set in motion the incarceration of all Americans of Japanese ancestry living on or near the West Coast. More than 75 years later this dark chapter illuminates new challenges brought on by fear mongering and racism at the highest levels of the U.S. government as seen in today’s state-sanctioned anti-immigrant fervor and the Muslim Ban.

The exhibition’s venue at the Presidio of San Francisco holds deep significance because in 1942, the military proclamations and Civilian Eviction Orders leading to the mass removal and incarceration were issued from the Presidio-based Western Defense Command.


Then They Came for Me presents this historical event from multiple perspectives. Drawing upon the powerful images uncovered from the National Archives for the book Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II by Chicago-based photo historians Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, the exhibition features works documenting the eviction of Japanese Americans from their homes and their subsequent lives in the incarceration camps.


Thomas R. Schiff: Poetics of Distortion Two-Part Exhibition


Among the commissioned works, the exhibition also presents images of daily life in the camps by artists and inmates Toyo Miyatake and Miné Okubo. Also included are photographs by contemporary photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr., whose work on this subject was recently published in National Geographic.


Combined with additional artifacts made by incarcerees, historical documents, videos and a rich array of cultural, historical, curatorial and political programs the exhibition illuminates this historical event from several vantage points that includes the rise of state-sanctioned anti-Japanese sentiment in the late 19th century, conditions within the camps, the irreplaceable loss of many Japanese Americans’ homes and personal property, the resettlement process, and Japanese American postwar activism fueled by the experience of wartime incarceration.


The Frost Art Museum Opens 2019 With Soul Stirring Truths of Life In America


Then They Came for Me will host a robust series of programs including events featuring author Duncan Williams with the musician scholars No No Boy, Kambara + Dancers, and a discussion about tracking down the subjects of Dorothea Lange’s photographs with photo historians Richard Cahan and Michael Williams and Lange’s official biographer, Elizabeth Partridge.

Additional programming will include discussions on the current state of U.S. immigrant detention camps, the Muslim Ban and rise of Islamophobic hate crimes, film screenings, music, family activities and more.

Then They Came for Me travels from its second showing at The International Center of Photography in New York (2017-18) following its debut at Alphawood Gallery in Chicago (2017). The upcoming third iteration will offer a look at the incarceration specific to the West Coast.


Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures Announces Its Inaugural Exhibitions


The exhibition is designed by Tomomi Itakura of i-k design, formerly the Director of Exhibition Design at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Senior Designer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Then They Came for Me is presented by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation and is curated in partnership with nationwide and Bay Area-based Japanese American communities.

When: January 18 - May 27, 2019
Public Reception: January 18, 2018, 7-9 p.m.
Visiting hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public


Where: 100 Montgomery Street
The Presidio, San Francisco
Home of Futures Without Violence

More Info: ThenTheyCame.org

 

About the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation
The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation supports organizations that advance social justice by promoting world-changing work in investigative journalism, documentary film, and arts and culture. This project is the latest in our efforts to shed light on the incarceration of Japanese Americans and its relevance today and has supported the book Un-American, Abby Ginzberg’s film And Then They Came for Us, Stop Repeating History and other related projects.

Exhibition Advisory Board:                            

Judy Appel, Melissa Ayumi Bailey, Richard Cahan, Brian Fong, Abby Ginzberg, Donna Graves, Anthony Hirschel, Satsuki Ina, Mindy Iwanaka, Paul Kitagaki Jr., Karen Korematsu, Debbie Lee, Jonathan Logan, Grace Morizawa,Max Nihei, Chizu Omori, Courtney Peagler, Jill Shiraki, Miya Sommers, Don Tamaki, Ann Tamaki-Dion, Rosalyn Tonai, Nancy Ukai, Alice Yang.

Content, images provided courtesy of exhibition; Art Direction by Janet Walker

Haute Tease

  • President Carter Reveals Brain Cancer; Teaches Sunday Message to Standing Room Crowd

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Former President of the United States, James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr., has announced he has been diagnosed with cancer that has spread to his brain, the 39th President has undergone radiation and other traditional forms of cancer treatment.

     
  • Gift Guide: Father’s Day Gifts Guaranteed to Impress

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Finding that perfect gift for the important "dad," whether that be your own father, husband, boyfriend, brother or other deserving and meaningful man has become somewhat of a treasure hunt, to save time we've come up with a few brilliant gift ideas.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Promises Broadband To All; Singapore Mourns; Germanwings Murder Suicide at 6K Feet

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama has announced he will host the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House in April as he attempts to build continued military and political support in the global fight against the ISIS and strategic alliances in the region.

     
  • Election 2020: Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg Lead Crowded Field in April Poll

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The April poll by the Saint Anselm College Survey Center at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) includes the Survey Center's first ballot test of the 2020 presidential primary, as well as name recognition and favorability of the candidates.

     
  • Andre Mieux A.M.X: World R U Ready

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A.M.X. is a multi-talented R&B artist whose star is rising fast in the music industry with fans starting to take notice of his original sound. A.M.X., also known as Andre Mieux, is a singer, songwriter and music producer who has talent, charm and uniqueness as an artist.

     
  • Once Upon A Deadpool Review - A Bleeping Good Time

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Once Upon A Deadpool, from 20th Century Fox, presents a kinder, holiday version of the summer blockbuster with our hero recreating the iconic storytime scenes from Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride to begin the PG-13 version.

     
  • The Adderall Diaries Review – An Amphetamine Fueled Ride

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Adderall Diaries, from A24, presents the story of best-selling author Stephen Elliot, who, after penning the story of his traumatized childhood, is catapulted into the world of Manhattan’s literati which balloons his ego, alters his state and stills his pen.

     
  • Dry Creek Valley On Tour Brings More Than 25 Sonoma County Wineries To Los Angeles

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Experience a taste of Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley on February 20, when more than 25 of the region’s wineries pour more than 100 wines at Culver City’s Smashbox Studios, alongside gourmet food pairings prepared by Food Network Chef Bob Blumer.

     
  • Farbod Barsum’s Chromed Clutch Bag - An Luxurious, Artful, Accessory

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Amid this fashion season's white-hot metallic's and hardware trends, lauded luxury handbag designer Farbod Barsum has introduced his chromed out "Leela" clutch, a posh purse handcrafted from sustainable sourced African ostrich leg, coated with a metallic finish, and adorned with studded accents. 

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Announces New Cabinet Nominees

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama announced two additional cabinet nominees, over the past week, to succeed the departing Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

     
  • This is Not Just A Painting Review - A Scholarly Examination Reveals Truths Beneath the Canvas

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    This is Not Just a Painting, an Inquiry into Art Domination, Magic and the Sacred from Bernard Lahire and Polity Books, investigates the rediscovery of a national treasure by examining societal truths behind artistic expression.

     
  • Magic Theatre Announces Cast Of Ashlin Halfnight’s World Premiere The Resting Place

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Magic Theatre (Loretta Greco, Artistic Director and Jaimie Mayer, Managing Director) announced today the complete cast of Ashlin Halfnight's World Premiere The Resting Place, the first production of the 2018- 2019 season, directed by Jessica Holt.

     
  • Argentinian Psych/Indie Rock Band Iguana Lovers Set to Release Surfing Caos

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Iguana Lovers, the extremely popular Argentina rock band which has been rocking audiences with their electric sound for nearly two decades, is set to release their 13th Album, "Surfing Caos," and with global radio play the tune is set to go viral.  

  • NUIT #1 - An Emotional Journey of Modern Encounters from Award Winning Director Anne Emond

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    NUIT #1, from Canadian director Anne Emond, delves, deep and fast, into contemporary sexual encounters searching beyond the momentary pleasures of quick fix sex into the possibilities of permanency.

     
  • NY Theater: Jagged Little Pill To Open on Broadway This Fall

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David, and Eva Price are thrilled to announce that, following a record-breaking, sold-out world premiere at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T), the acclaimed new musical Jagged Little Pill will open on Broadway this fall.