Art Inspired by the Camps

“Masters of Modern Design (The Art of the Japanese American Experience” (2019, 57 min.) by Akira Boch (produced by KCET and JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center). This film tells the story of five legendary artists — Ruth Asawa (artist), Gyo Obata (architect), Isamu Noguchi (sculptor), George Nakashima (furniture designer), and S. Neil Fujita (graphic designer). It explores the ways in which their camp experiences impacted their lives, influenced their art, and sent them on trajectories that eventually led to them changing the face of American culture with their immense talents.

 

“Cherry Blossom” (2019, 3 min.) by Noble Vision Films, Sam Pablo. In honor of 120,000 Japanese Americans forcibly incarcerated during WWII, and especially their fellow classmates from Anaheim High School in 1942, the Anaheim High School Dance Production Class and Director Oscar Gonzalez presented this dance piece.