Exhibition Related Events

Lecture
An American Diary
Roger Shimomura
Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
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Film
The Legacy of Heart Mountain
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7 p.m.
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Performance
Within the Silence
Presented by Living Voices and written by Ken Mochizuki
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
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Film
The Cats of Mirikitani
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7 p.m.
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Tuesday Gallery Talks
Start Jan. 20, 2014 and continuing through Mar. 24, 2015
Tours commence at 12:30 p.m.
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Roger Shimomura (American b. 1939), Classmates # 1, 2007, 24 x 36 in., acrylic on canvas, collection of Tilman Smith, Seattle, WA. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Art at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. Lecture

An American Diary

Roger Shimomura
Friday, January 23, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Hudson Concert Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
Tickets: See information below

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art invite you to Willamette University's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration lecture with nationally-renowned artist Roger Shimomura as he helps explore this year's theme, "life interrupted, a look at displaced communities."

Through his paintings, prints, and experimental theater pieces, Shimomura has sought to address a range of sociopolitical issues faced by Asian Americans through a style that combines his childhood interest in comic books with the traditions of American Pop art and Japanese woodcut prints.

Shimomura will share personal life events that include spending part of his childhood, as a third generation American of Japanese descent, in an interment camp during WWII, as well as stereotypes that he has encountered. These experiences have profoundly shaped his 40 year career as an artist as he has sought to share his Asian American experience with his viewers.

Tickets are complimentary but required:

  • Hallie Ford Museum of Art Members: 100 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the HFMA reception on Jan. 23, 5 - 7 p.m.
  • General Public: tickets can be reserved online beginning December 5, 2014.

For special access needs, such as interpreters, please call 503-370-6855.

This lecture is offered in conjunction with the Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and is also part of Willamette University’s Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: 2015.

Financial support for this event has been provided by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission, with additional funding provided by the Willamette University Office of Multicultural Affairs.


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Photo: courtesy of the George and Frank C. Hirahara Collection, Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

Film
The Legacy of Heart Mountain

(Color, 52 minutes)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Roger Hull Lecture Hall, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain explores the legacy of incarcerating thousands of Japanese Americans at the Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming during World War II. At the heart of the film are the striking photographs of camp life taken from inside Heart Mountain by George Hirahara and his son Frank—both avid photographers. The Hiraharas were part of a 1,000 person contingent from the Yakima Valley in Washington, who were sent to Heart Mountain.

For special access needs, such as interpreters, please call 503-370-6855.

This film is offered in conjunction with the Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and is also part of Willamette University’s Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: 2015.

Financial support for this event has been provided by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission, with additional funding provided by the Willamette University Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Learn more about:
The documentary The Legacy of Heart Mountain
George and Frank Hirahara's photos


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Photo courtesy of Living Voices, Seattle, WA.

Performance
Within the Silence

Presented by Living Voices and written by Ken Mochizuki
Thursday, March 5, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Hudson Concert Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
Free and open to the public

Within the Silence tells the story of Emiko Yamada, a young teenage girl growing up in Seattle's Nihonmachi (Japantown) during the early 1940s. The Yamadas own a small grocery store where Emiko works and dreams of someday going to college and becoming a teacher. The Yamadas are proud of their American life and their contribution to their new country.

When Japan attacks Pearl Harbor and President Roosevelt issues Executive Order 9066, Emiko’s family is forced to sell their possessions and home and sent to Minidoka internment camp in Idaho. The story follows the Yamadas on their journey as they struggle to maintain their family while incarcerated and fight to sustain love and faith in the country they love.

For special access needs, such as interpreters, please call 503-370-6855.

This performance is offered in conjunction with the Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and is also part of Willamette University’s Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: 2015.

Financial support for this event has been provided by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission, with additional funding provided by the Willamette University Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Cats of Mirikitani

Film
The Cats of Mirikitani

(Color, 84 minutes)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
7 p.m.
Roger Hull Lecture Hall, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

The Cats of Mirikitani tells the story of 80-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani, who survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker takes him home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy’s painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art, the film won the Audience Award at its premiere in the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

For special access needs, such as interpreters, please call 503-370-6855.

This film is offered in conjunction with the Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and is also part of Willamette University’s Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: 2015.

Financial support for this event has been provided by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission, with additional funding provided by the Willamette University Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Tuesday Gallery Talks

Starts Jan. 20, 2014 and continuing through Mar. 24, 2015
Tours commence at 12:30 p.m.
Join docents at the museum for a guided tour of the exhibition.
Free and open to the public