Exhibit Opening Reception (Members Only)

Event Details

  • This event is open to all Morikami members
  • A brief presentation on the exhibition will be held in the theater.
  • Dress code is business attire
  • $10 for guests not covered by your membership

Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani

October 9, 2015 – January 31, 2016 (Member Preview October 8)

Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani (1920 – 2012) was a fiercely independent Japanese American artist who lost his family and friends to the United States internment camps during World War II and Hiroshima’s atomic bombing. He survived the trauma of those two significant events and endured homelessness on the streets of New York City by creating art. This exhibition presents a selection of drawings that Mirikitani made before his death at the age of ninety-two. His work is a poignant exploration of the lasting impacts of war and discrimination, and the healing power of creativity.

Organized by The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, Washington, and guest-curated by Roger Shimomura.  Funded in part by the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cat with Okinawan White Fish

Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066

October 9, 2015 – January 31, 2016 (Member Preview October 8)

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens and resident aliens of Japanese ancestry. Wendy Maruyama, a third generation Japanese American and highly regarded artist and furniture maker based in San Diego, has created a compelling body of work examining this period in American history.

The exhibition includes three integrated parts: Executive Order 9066, the Tag Project, and a selection of historical artifacts. Executive Order 9066 involves a series of wall-mounted cabinets and sculptures referencing themes common in the internment camps. Maruyama’s pieces integrate photo transfers based on the documentary photographs of Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake in conjunction with materials such as barbed wire, tarpaper and domestic objects. The Tag Project consists of groupings of 120,000 recreated, paper identification tags suspended from the ceiling. The suspended tags evoke a powerful sense of the humiliation endured by the internees and the sheer numbers of those displaced. Maruyama’s inclusion of actual objects owned or made by the internees brings an intensely personal awareness to the impact of Executive Order 9066. Included objects range from actual suitcases used by families during their relocation to an array of items made by internees from materials made available to them in the camps.

Organized by The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts.  Funded in part by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.