Arts Calendar

Apr 6

Colors of Confinement

From site: Gould Library

An exhibit of rare Kodachrome photographs of Japanese incarceration in World War II

Friday, April 6th, 2018
Gould Library, 4th Floor

This event takes place each day from January 2nd, 2018 to May 14th, 2018.

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Photograph of Bill Manbo

Bill Manbo

This exhibit  offers an unusual glimpse of everyday life in a Japanese internment camp. These rare color photographs were taken between 1942 and 1945 by amateur photographer Takao "Bill" Manbo, while he was incarcerated with his family at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in northwest Wyoming. Heart Mountain was one of ten sites where the United States government confined American citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Unlike most inmates who managed to take photographs in internment camps, Manbo used Kodachrome slide film, and the color has proved enduring and affecting. While documenting celebrations, landscapes, and family portraits, none of the images entirely escape their context, but many capture beautiful, even lighthearted moments that testify to the resiliency of this imprisoned community during this dark chapter in American history.

This exhibit was curated by Eric Muller, University of North Carolina, with supplementary materials from Gould Library's holdings, including Archives and Special Collections, organized by the library's exhibits team. 

Please join us for two public talks related to this exhibit:

Public talk #1: “From Minidoka to Minnesota,” January 30 at 4:00pm. Fred Hagstrom, Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art, will discuss his research and Deeply Honored, his artists' book about Frank Shigemura's experience at Carleton and Shigemura's family's ongoing subsequent relationship with the college.


Public talk #2: "Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II," January 31 at 3:45pm. Exhibit Curator Eric Muller, Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law in Jurisprudence and Ethics, University of North Carolina, will discuss the exhibit.




Sponsored by Gould Library Exhibitions. Contact: Zoe Adler, x7182