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9066: Japanese-American Voices from the Inside
Art Show

This exhibition, whose displays open Feb. 19, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the World War II incarceration of Japanese-Americans – as per President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, signed Feb. 19, 1942 – with a focus on those from the San Joaquin Valley. Highlights include “Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake,” a traveling exhibition in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery through April 9, featuring San Diego artist Wendy Maruyama’s 11' x 4' Tag Project stack of ID tag reproductions from Tule Lake; “Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archaeology Collection,” a traveling exhibition through April 30 in the Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony Gallery, featuring Robert Ogata’s drawings from the Gila River War Relocation Center; and the main display, which runs through June 2 in the Special Collections Research Center’s Woodward Family Reading Room, with artworks by Reiko Fujii, Judy Shintani and Patricia Wakida, poetry by Violet de Cristoforo, elaborate architectural renderings of an imagined Fresno Assembly Center, objects made and used in the camps, profiles of individual families, and a special section on the military contributions of Japanese-Americans during Wold War II from the Go For Broke National Education Center in Los Angeles. Also, there will be a display of children’s books about the internment in the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, on the 3rd Floor South Wing. The opening reception will take place from 2-4 pm Feb. 19 in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery.