Events

Join us for a series of online talks about Contested Histories!

To see a complete listing of the JANM’s upcoming virtual programs, visit janm.org/events/virtual.

 

 

Saturday, April 11, 2020
2:00 PM—3:00 PM

Contested Histories Talk with Clement Hanami

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If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

 

Learn about the origins and creation of Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection, from curator Clement Hanami, in this program and Q&A that was livestreamed on JANM’s YouTube channel.

Read about Jack Muro and view his photographs.

Thursday, April 30, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

VIRTUAL TALK: Contested Histories on the Road with Clement Hanami

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Dive into the experience of traveling across the country with the Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection special display, from program developer and curator Clement Hanami in this live presentation and Q&A!

Allen Hendershott Eaton’s historic 1952 book, Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, explored art and craft objects created by persons of Japanese descent while wrongfully incarcerated in the World War II American concentration camps. After many years of lying forgotten in storage, the collection was inherited by a family friend of Eaton’s, who in April 2015 attempted to put it up for auction. An outcry arose from Japanese American community leaders and activists, who rallied successfully to stop the insensitive sale of these important artifacts of Japanese American history. Ultimately, the collection was transferred to the Japanese American National Museum for safekeeping.

Now a traveling display, both physically and digitally, Contested Histories is intended to help gather information about each individual object so that the museum’s efforts to preserve and catalog the collection can be as complete as possible.

This live public program is free and open to all. Go to JANM’s YouTube channel at the program time to watch it live on youtube.com/janmdotorg.

We encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you will be notified when the video is streaming live. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram). We will share the direct link to the livestream video.

Saturday, May 23, 2020
2:00 PM—3:00 PM

VIRTUAL TALK: Contested Histories on the Road: Part II

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Experience more of the behind the scenes of traveling the Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection special display, from program developer and curator Clement Hanami in this live presentation and Q&A. He will be joined by Nancy Ukai, Project Director of 50 Objects/Stories and a writer and researcher who helped lead the social media protest to stop the Rago auction of the Eaton Collection artifacts in 2015. She is co-administrator of the Facebook page Japanese American History: Not for Sale.

Allen Hendershott Eaton’s historic 1952 book, Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, explored art and craft objects created by persons of Japanese descent while wrongfully incarcerated in the World War II American concentration camps. After many years of lying forgotten in storage, the collection was inherited by a family friend of Eaton’s, who in April 2015 attempted to put it up for auction. An outcry arose from Japanese American community leaders and activists, who rallied successfully to stop the insensitive sale of these important artifacts of Japanese American history. Ultimately, the collection was transferred to the Japanese American National Museum for safekeeping.

Now a traveling display, both physically and digitally, Contested Histories is intended to help gather information about each individual object so that the museum’s efforts to preserve and catalog the collection can be as complete as possible.

This live public program is free and open to all. Go to JANM’s YouTube channel at the program time to watch it live on youtube.com/janmdotorg.

We encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you will be notified when the video is streaming live. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram). We will share the direct link to the livestream video.

Nancy Ukai was interviewed by Discover Nikkei in 2019 about the 50 Objects/50 Stories project.

View pre-conservation photography of the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection on Flickr. Those with information about the origins of specific items are encouraged to share details.

 

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Top: Chair constructed by Yorozu Homma while incarcerated at Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming during World War II. Japanese American National Museum, Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection (2015.100.57).