War Relocation Authority photo, taken at the Jerome concentration camp in Arkansas, June 18, 1944
(via Japanese American National Museum, gift of Dr. Toshio Yatsushiro and Lily Koyama)

The policy of detaining or expelling groups of residents because of their background or nationality is both a shameful historical memory and a frighteningly realistic possibility for this country’s future. Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066 at the Japanese American National Museum is an exhibition that looks back at Executive Order 9066 which was signed by President Roosevelt 75 years ago and led to the deportation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans. The exhibition features historical documents — including pages from the original executive order — photographs and documentary films, as well as contemporary artworks by Wendy Maruyama and Mike Saijo. Produced in conjunction with the theater East West Players, a series of performances exploring institutional discrimination will take place in the galleries throughout the show’s run as well. And, beginning on March 24, the public artwork “Moving Day” will feature 80 exclusionary orders projected onto the museum’s facade nightly from sunset to midnight.

When: Opens Saturday, February 18, 11am–5pm
Where: Japanese American National Museum (100 North Central Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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