THE ART OF SURVIVAL: ENDURING THE TURMOIL OF TULE LAKE IS COMING TO CHANDLER MUSEUM
Exhibit Explores the Only Japanese American Segregation Center of WWII
Chandler, Ariz. – Chandler Museum is hosting The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake, Dec. 27, 2016 – Jan. 27, 2017, an exhibit that explores the experiences and events at Tule Lake, a Japanese American camp where many prisoners from Arizona’s Gila River Internment Camp were transferred. The traveling exhibition probes the complexity of this unique Japanese American confinement site, which was located in Newell, CA.
During WWII, there were 120,000 people of Japanese descent who were incarcerated to internment camps. Tule Lake became the only officially designated segregation center and was ruled under martial law. This location was the largest of the ten confinement sites and, because anyone deemed a troublemaker by the federal government was relocated to Tule Lake, it ultimately housed people who had once been at one of the ten sites.
Through haunting images of artifacts by fine art photographer Hiroshi Watanabe the exhibit is a glimpse into the lives of those who were held at Tule Lake and are encouraged to consider both the orchestration of life behind barbed wire and what it might have been like to live with constant uncertainty. Oral histories allow visitors to read varying views on some of the complex issues of Tule Lake expressed in the voices of those held captive.
“This exhibit is significant not only because of the role the incarceration centers played in history, but there were many individuals from the Gila River Internment Camp, only a few miles from Chandler, who were sent to Tule Lake,” Jody Crago, Chandler Museum Administrator. “Through their conscientious dissent, the prisoners at Tule Lake were ironically acting in the most American way by standing up for their rights and to the injustice of incarceration.”
The exhibit is at Chandler Museum’s McCullough-Price House, located at 300 S. Chandler Village Drive (south of Chandler Fashion Center). Hours are Tuesdaythrough Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, January 6, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., featuring tours of the exhibit from staff.
Chandler Museum is among the City of Chandler's cultural affairs divisions, which are collaborating on a series called, America in Times of Conflict,November 2016 through April 2017. The series explores the stories and perspectives that emerged in our community during conflicts in American history, including WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Visit chandlermuseum.org or call 480-782-2717 for additional information on the exhibit, opening reception and general information about Chandler Museum.