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Witness to Wartime: Takuichi Fujii Diary

Mar 02

Witness to Wartime: Takuichi Fujii Diary

10:00AM - 5:00PM
Alexandria Museum of Art
Address:
933 Second Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
Phone: 318-443-3458
Regular Admission: See website for details.
Witness to Wartime: The Painted Diary of Takuichi Fujii, introduces an artist whose work opens a window to historical events, issues, and ideas far greater than the individual. Takuichi Fujii (1891 - 1964) bore witness to his life in America and, most especially, to his experience during World War II. Fujii left a remarkably comprehensive visual record of this important time in American history, and offers a unique perspective on his generation. This stunning body of work sheds light on events that most Americans did not experience, but whose lessons remain salient today. Several times Fujii depicts himself in the act of drawing, a witness to the experience of confinement. He also produced over 130 watercolors that reiterate and expand upon the diary, augmenting those scenes with many new views, as well as other aesthetic and formal considerations of painting. Additionally the wartime work includes several oil paintings and sculptures, notably a carved double portrait of Fujii and his wife. This exhibition connects to Central Louisiana through the inclusion of information and artifacts related to the experience of Japanese Americans in Central Louisiana during World War II. Camp Livingston was home to internees, prisoners of war, and military during the war, a fact which is not well known in the area. Another aspect is told through respected members of the Alexandria community, the Kohara family, who was investigated after Pearl Harbor but were not interred. They actually provided photography services for the military throughout the war and visited other internment camps in south Arkansas. In addition, the family played host to numerous relatives of internees, Japanese American members of the military and others of Japanese descent who came to the area during the war. Witness to Wartime: Takuichi Fujii is curated by Barbara Johns, PhD, and the traveling exhibition is organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

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