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Art December, 23 2009

The Art of Gaman

With the new year just around the corner, its time (for me) to get excited about some forthcoming exhibitions. One which is high on my radar is The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946. Opening on March 5, 2010 at the Renwick, the exhibition showcases the arts and crafts of the Japanese internment camps, highlighting the roll arts and crafts played in emotional and cultural survival.

The underlying topic certainly isn’t easily digested, but the work remains an important chapter of the American folk art story. The Art of Gaman will run through January, 2011.

ABOVE: Artist Unidentified, Interned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Camp Scene, Wood, paint, Collection of the Japanese American Museum of San José, From “Art of Gaman” by Delphine Hirasuna, ©2005, Ten Speed. Terry Heffernan photo

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