Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties

Saturday October 7, 2017
Alphawood Gallery - 2401 N Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

The AAARCC will be hosting a free trip to Chicago's Alphawood Gallery to tour the photography exhibit entitled Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties. This is a free trip for Purdue students that includes breakfast, lunch, a guided tour of the exhibit, and round trip transportation. The date of the event is October 7, 2017.

Then They Came for Me presents this historical event from multiple perspectives. Drawing upon the powerful images culled from the book Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II by Chicago-based photo historians Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, the exhibition features works by renowned American photographers Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and others documenting the eviction of Japanese Americans from their homes and their subsequent lives in incarceration camps. These photographers were hired by the U.S. Government's War Relocation Authority (WRA) to record the "evacuation" and "internment" process. In addition to the WRA photographers, the exhibition presents views of the incarceration by Japanese American artists Toyo Miyatake and Miné Okubo. A significant group of images by Miyatake, a professional photographer who was incarcerated at the Manzanar Relocation Center, reveal details of the camps prohibited in WRA photography such as barbed wire and guard towers, and are shown alongside his illuminating images of the imprisoned residents' daily lives. And pages from Miné Okubo's remarkable illustrated memoir Citizen 13660 document her own incarceration experience with poignant drawings and forthright text.

For more information about the exhibit, please visit the Alphawood Gallery website.

Space is limited and registration for this event is required. To register, please fill out the form at this link.

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