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Bruce and Norman YonemotoThe Japanese American National Museum is proud to present this mid-career survey of the work of Bruce and Norman Yonemoto both in recognition of the importance of visual art in the Japanese American community and as a presentation of the experiences and voices of other generations.

The Los Angeles-based brothers Bruce and Norman Yonemoto have worked collaboratively since 1976. "Bruce and Norman Yonemoto: Memory, Matter and Modern Romance" is the first comprehensive exhibition of the work of these two Sansei (third-generation Japanese American) artists. Their single-channel videos and installation work have consistently explored issues of representation, the fabrication of memory, and the persistence of romance in the construction of self and group identity. The influence of the narrative language of Hollywood and the importance of film imagery on conceptions of race and ethnicity are explored throughout their work.

The Yonemotos were born in the immediate post-World War II period and grew up in Santa Clara, California. Their parents were among the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated in concentration camps for the duration of the war. Like many Japanese Americans, their reintegration into postwar life was characterized by the assimilation to the new American ideal as depicted on television, and much of their work examines the role of the media in our lives and questions the subtle power of Hollywood on the formation of identity.

The exhibition is on view in three parts: in the Historic Building, and the Ground and Second Floors of the Pavilion.


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