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Past Exhibitions

Whispered Silences: Japanese American Detention Camps, Fifty Years Later

May 3 - September 14, 1997

Whispered Silences features the work of fine-arts photographer Joan Myers who embarked on a journey to photograph all ten World War II War Relocation Authority concentration camps. The result of her odyssey is a series of haunting black and white images of the camps as they appear today and the relics that were left behind.

Developed by the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Services, this exhibition also includes text by Japanese American historian, Dr. Gary Okihiro.

Past Events

Sunday, September 14, 1997

Exhibition Closing: Whispered Silences

Last day to view the exhibition Whispered Silences. The Legacy Center Gallery re-opens on October 2 with an exhibition on noted Issei artist Kenjiro Nomura.

Sunday, August 3, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II

Lecture and Book Signing

Photographer Joan Myers and Gary Okihiro, Ph.D., essayist of the book Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II, join the Museum to speak about this extraordinary publication and the exhibition currently on view in the Museum’s Legacy Center.

Joan Myers is a respected fine art and documentary photographer who journeyed across the western United States to photograph the remains of all ten concentration camps. Historian Okihiro tells the story of the camps from the reminiscences of former internees, giving voice to Myers’ photographs’ stark images. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, May 3, 1997

Whispered Silences Upper Level Members Reception

Upper level members reception. By invitation only. This exhibition runs from May 3 through September 14, 1997.



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