History of Japantown Walking Tour in assoc. with Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066: The Tag Project
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Walking Tour of Japantown: March 29th, 2-3pm, Meet at Japanese American Museum of San Jose by 1:50pm with your ticket(s) for entry.
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens and resident aliens of Japanese ancestry. Wendy Maruyama, a third generation Japanese-American and highly regarded educator and artist/furniture maker based in San Diego, has created a compelling body of work examining this period in American history. The exhibition includes three integrated parts: Executive Order 9066, The Tag Project, and an exhibition of historical artifacts.
The Tag Project: Presented at the ICA. Each interned citizen wore a paper identification tag, which inspired Maruyama to embark on the project. Enlisting help from hundreds of volunteers across the country, Maruyama recreated each tag 120,000 to represent every person who was sent to one of 10 internment camps. Using the tags, the artist constructed 10 large-scale sculptures that pay homage to each of the camps. Suspended from the ceiling to a height of six inches off the floor, the towering forms create a powerful and emotional impact, conveying to the viewer the sheer number of people that were incarcerated and the magnitude of this government initiative.
The Walking tour of Japantown accompanies the Tag Project exhibition at the ICA, JAMsj, and ArtObjectGallery:
Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order: 9066: Presented at ArtObjectGallery. This exhibition features a series of wall-mounted cabinets and sculptures created by Wendy Maruyma that enshrine elements of life in the internment camps. The pieces integrate photo transfers based on the documentary photographs of Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake in conjunction with materials such as barbed wire, tar paper and domestic objects.
Executive Order 9066: Memories and Artifacts: Presented at JAMsj. This exhibition highlights artifacts from the Museum's permanent collection that reveal the historical events surrounding the forced incarceration of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II.
"Executive Order 9066 not only reminds us of a dark time in our nation's history but also provides context for the current conversation regarding immigration reform, racial profiling and privacy laws," says Cathy Kimball, ICA Executive Director. "We're honored to partner with JAMsj to lend historical perspective to their contemporary presentation as well as ArtObjectGallery to showcase sculptures that incorporate artifacts from the camps."
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