Opening Saturday, February 18th, from 2PM - 4PM
February 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 that called for the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Every year, the Japanese American community in Chicago comes together to remember President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of EO9066 as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis, and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all. This year you are invited to a special event to comemorate the Japanese American experience during this turbulent era in America’s history.
Join us to mark this historic occasion through an interactive, intergenerational program held around the work of Sansei artist, Kristine Aono. Aono’s installation, entitled The Nail That Sticks Up the Farthest.…, features a full-sized gallery wall in which participants are invited to add nails in honor of someone who was incarcerated. The afternoon will be spent adding to the installation, sharing stories of internment, and commemorating this historically relevant anniversary.
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.- Intergenerational Dialogue with elders who experienced the Japanese American Concentration Camps
3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. -Screening of Rea Tajiri’s video “History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige” (1991, 32 min.)
The exhibition will be open for viewing until 5pm.
Hosting partners include Multicultural Student Affairs and the Japanese American Service Committee, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago, Japanese Mutual Aid Society, and the Chicago Japanese American Council.