Morikami Explores the Psychological Cost of War

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1905.

The Morikami Museum seeks to jog the memory of the ravages of war with its current exhibitions and upcoming documentary screening, all three of which explore the long-lasting psychological effects of decisions made during international conflicts.

Last Chance for Current Shows, Closing Jan. 31

Students of history, culture and the human psyche are invited to experience The Morikami’s exhibitions, “Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066,” and Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, before they close on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Taking a visceral, textural approach to telling the story of the Japanese internment camps during World War II, Maruyama uses President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, the Tag Project and a selection of historical artifacts to create a haunting exhibit.

Mirikitani (1920 – 2012) was a fiercely independent Japanese American artist who lost his family and friends in the United States internment camps during World War II and Hiroshima’s atomic bombing. The exhibition presents 30 mixed-media works made by 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.

Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066
Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066
Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani
Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani

Looking forward to Infinite Shades of Gray, Jan. 22

Continuing to explore the impact of the WWII internment controversy, The Morikami will screen the documentary, “Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray,” on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Having smuggled a lens and film holder into one of America’s concentration camps during the war, Miyatake was among the first to photograph the national disgrace. Yet it was his little-known artistic pursuits before the war that honed his discerning eye. Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray is a penetrating portrait of this photographer’s quest to capture the beauty and dignity of everyday life in the face of such political hardships.

A discussion and Q&A led by the film’s writer/producer Karen L. Ishizuka and director Robert Nakamura will follow the film showing. Purchase advance tickets ($10/$7 for members) and read more details here.

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Karen Ishizuka
Robert Nakamura

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