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Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
Library of Congress
"In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), America's most well-known photographer, documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese-Americans interned there during World War II." From the left sidebar select Collection Highlights for a selection of images and About This Collection for a more in-depth overview, plus see images of the entire first edition of Born Free and Equal, Adams's publication based on his work at Manzanar. Also see the Collection Connection section for a list of classroom resources.

Go to Museum Resource: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/anseladams/
Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentations in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950-1970
Getty Museum
Online presentation of a 2007 exhibition highlighting "a dynamic phase of avant-garde art in postwar Japan, which was characterized by self-reflection and multimedia experimentation." With 7 topics -- 1) Experimental Workshop/Jikeen Kōbō; 2) Gutai Art Association; 3) Sōgetsu Art Center; 4) Fluxus/Tokyo; 5) Butoh and Angura Theaters; 6) Bikyōtō; 7) E.A.T. -- and nine works from the exhibition. See the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION link at the right for a timeline of postwar Japanese art movements (.pdf file).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/postwar_japan/
Collection of Works by Fukami Sueharu
The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture
Five objects from the Center's collection of works by ceramic artist Fukami Sueharu, who "belongs to a generation of ceramic artists in postwar Japan who devoted themselves to the concept of sculptural ceramics."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.shermanleeinstitute.org/collection/fukami.html
Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project
Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project
"Densho's mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II before their memories are extinguished. We offer these irreplaceable firsthand accounts, coupled with historical images and teacher resources, to explore principles of democracy and promote equal justice for all." With background essays examining the causes of the incarceration, along with lesson plans, a timeline, glossary, and bibliography. The ARCHIVE section holds more than 270 visual/oral histories (more than 500 hours of recorded interviews) and nearly 9,000 historic photographs and documents.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.densho.org/
Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints and Paintings from the Robert O. Muller Collection
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
A selection of prints and paintings from the 1890s to the 1930s, with a focus on three types of images: 1) Creatures Real and Imagined (images of nature); 2) Stage Presence (image of kabuki actors); 3) Beauty Personified (images of women). Also with a special section on the screen-printing process.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/dreamWorlds/base.html
Fashioning Kimono: Dress in Early 20th Century Japan
Victoria and Albert Museum
"These boldly patterned and brilliantly coloured kimono reveal the dynamism of Japanese textile design in the early 20th century." A short introduction plus 13 featured objects with descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/asia/past_exhns/kimono/index.html
Ground Zero 1945: A Schoolboy's Story
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visualizing Cultures
"This unit presents the illustrated testimony of Akihiro Takahashi, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Illustrations by Goro Shikoku, with English translation by Yuki Tanaka."

Go to Museum Resource: http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/groundzero1945_2/index.html
Ground Zero 1945: Pictures by Atomic Bomb Survivors
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visualizing Cultures
"These drawings and paintings by Japanese survivors of the atomic bomb were created more than a quarter century after the bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. They are provided by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum." The ESSAY section examines Ground Zero 1945 using the images by survivors of the atomic bomb blast; the VISUAL NARRATIVES section features the story of one survivor who tells her story through images.

Go to Museum Resource: http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/groundzero1945/index.html
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