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Our American Eyes: Prints by Roger Shimomora
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 10:00am to Monday, January 8, 2018 - 8:00pm
Our American Eyes: Prints by Roger Shimomora

 

Our American Eyes: Prints by Roger Shimomora
September 27, 2017 -January 8, 2018

Broadway Gallery

Lincoln Hall, Ground Floor
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland OR 97201

Open Monday-Friday, 7:30am-8pm

This year is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. As a child, artist Roger Shimomura was one of them. His colorful images, which reference Pop art and Japanese woodblock prints, often skewer stereotypes of Asian Americans. In conjunction with “Our American Eyes,” an exhibition of his work in the Broadway Gallery, several events commemorate this dark episode of American history: A poetry reading with jazz piano, a screening of the documentary “Conscience and the Constitution,” and a talk by artist Valerie Otani, who created the haunting commemorative sculpture at the Expo Center.

 

ASSOCIATED EVENTS:

Grand Encounter
Monday, October 16, 5:30pm

 Lincoln Hall Studio Theater

Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada reads his poetry, accompanied by PSU Jazz faculty Darrell Grant on piano. Reception follows in the Broadway Gallery.

In the Wake of Pearl Harbor
Thursday, December 7, 5:30pm

Lincoln Hall 331

On Pearl Harbor Day, artist Valerie Otani discusses "Voices of Remembrance," her sculpture at the Portland Expo Center commemorating the 1942 incarceration of Japanese Americans, plus a screening of "Conscience and the Constitution," a documentary about the resistance to the incarceration program during World War II.

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Cover image: Roger Shimomura, Kabuki Play (detail), 1985, color lithograph published by Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Lawrence, Kansas.