Arizona Humanities Lecture: Art of the Internment Camps: Culture Behind Barbed Wire

sign instructing people with Japanese Ancestry, image of Japanese Americans at internment camp fenceThursday, June 14 at 5 p.m. – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1942 WWII Executive Order 9066 forced the removal of nearly 125,000 Japanese-American citizens from the West Coast, incarcerating them in ten remote internment camps in seven states. Government photographers Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, and Ansel Adams documented the internment, and artists Toyo Miyatake, Chiura Obata, Henry Sugimoto, and Miné Okubo made powerful records of camp life. Arizona’s two camps (Gila River, Poston) were among the largest, and this chronicle illuminates an important episode of state history, one grounded in national agendas driven by prejudice and fear. Betsy Fahlman is Professor of Art History at Arizona State University. Funding provided by the Friends of the Prescott Public Library.