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GU Hosts Symposium on Adams’ Exhibit

“Mr. Matsumoto and Children” (1943) is part of the exhibition “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams” on display in the Jundt Galleries.

Features Scholars from Gonzaga, U. of Idaho, and Whitworth 

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s Jundt Art Museum will present a free public symposium Saturday, Feb. 22 in the Jundt Auditorium featuring regional scholars commenting on its exhibition “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams,” which is on display in the Jundt Galleries through March 29. The scholars’ lectures run from 1-5:30 p.m.

Guest speakers include Stacey Camp, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Idaho; Gonzaga University School of Law Professor Jason Gillmer, associate dean for faculty research and development and the John J. Hemmingson Chair in Civil Liberties; Jundt Art Museum Director/Curator Paul Manoguerra; and Whitworth University English Professor Douglas Sugano. The scholars will discuss various subjects in context with photographs, taken in 1943, by Adams of the Manzanar Japanese internment camp in California.

The exhibition features 50 of the legendary photographer’s images of the Japanese-American relocation camp in Manzanar, Calif. during World War II. The photos are included in the controversial 1944 book “Born Free and Equal,” published while the war was in progress, which is critical of the treatment of these U.S. citizens. Also included in the exhibition are various photos, documents and other art works that further contextualize the images. Click link below to view a slideshow of some of the images in the exhibition:

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Robert Flynn Johnson, curator emeritus for the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, curated the exhibition.

“This exhibition recounts one of the darkest moments in the history of the United States, one that the distinguished author John Hersey referred to as ‘a mistake of terrifyingly horrible proportions,’ ” Johnson said. “It is a story of ignorance and prejudice, but it is also story of perseverance and nobility. What happened should never be forgotten so that it should never happen again.”

Gonzaga Academic Vice President Patricia O’Connell Killen will offer a welcome and opening remarks at 1 p.m., followed by Camp’s 1:15 p.m. lecture, titled “The Materiality of Japanese Masculinity at Idaho’s Kooskia Internment Camp.” At 2:15 p.m., Gillmer will discuss “Nothing But an Exclusion Order: Japanese Internment and the Law of Discrimination.” At 3:30 p.m., Sugano will discuss “There Was No Poetry in Camp: Literature Inspired by the Japanese American Internment.” At 4:30 p.m., Manoguerra will address the topic, “Art in the Great Depression and World War II: Ansel Adams in Context” with a reception to follow from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Jundt Chancellor’s Room.

Camp specializes in the archaeology of the late 19th and early 20th century Western United States. Her research interests include the archaeology of race, social inequality, institutional confinement, and Americanization campaigns aimed at immigrant populations. Gillmer is a legal historian whose scholarship focuses on race, slavery, and civil rights, including issues of racial intimacy, racial identity, and racial and class ideology. Manoguerra specializes in art of the American colonies and the United States from the 18th to the 21st centuries, and U.S. cultural and social history. Sugano specializes in Shakespeare, late medieval British drama and Asian American literature.

Seating is limited. An RSVP for individual talks or for the entire symposium should be directed to Anita Martello (509) 313-6613.

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