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Art of the Internment Camps: Culture Behind Barbed Wire
March 26, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm| Free
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1942 WWII Executive Order 9066 forced the removal of nearly 125,000 Japanese American citizens from the west coast, incarcerating them in ten remote internment camps in seven western states. Government photographers Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, and Ansel Adams documented the internment, and artists Toyo Miyatake, Chiura Obata, Isamu Noguchi, Henry Sugimoto, and Miné Okubo made powerful records of camp life. Arizona’s two camps were among the largest, and this chronicle illuminates an important episode of state history, one grounded in national agendas driven by prejudice and fear. Presented by Betsy Fahlman, Professor of Art History at Arizona State University.