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Past Exhibitions

Kenjiro Nomura: An Artist's View of the Japanese American Internment

October 4, 1997 - January 11, 1998

On April 30, 1942, Kenjiro Nomura, his wife, and son were forcibly removed from their homes in Seattle and incarcerated in the Puyallup Assembly Center. Eventually they were transported, along with nearly 10,000 other Japanese Americans to the Minidoka concentration camp in Hunt, Idaho. At the time of the removal, Nomura was already an established and prolific artist. He worked at various other jobs to support himself financially, including operating a sign painting shop in Seattle. At both Puyallup and Minidoka he worked again as a sign painter and created many images of camp life including landscapes and portraits of daily rituals. Nomura produced a visual record of his experiences with whatever materials he could find, often using industrial paints and government issued paper. This exhibition provides an opportunity to view a portion of this important collection of works.

Past Events

Sunday, January 11, 1998

Exhibition Closing: Kenjiro Nomura

Last chance to view the Legacy Center exhibition Kenjiro Nomura: An Artist’s View of the Japanese American Internment.

Saturday, October 4, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Personal Reflections: Kenjiro Nomura & Minidoka Camp

Artist Kenjiro Nomura captured his experiences in camp visually using whatever materials he could find. His landscapes and portraits of daily rituals have always been treasured by his family for their artistic and historic value. George Nomura, Kenjiro’s son, will share his personal reflections and memories with us. Mitsuye Yamada will read her poetry bringing to life the experiences of Minidoka. Please join us for a light reception that will follow. Free admission as part of the Los Angeles C ounty Arts Open House Day. Reservations required.



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