Paul Kitagaki Jr.’s exhibit Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit, juxtaposes historic photographs of Japanese Americans interned during World War II with his contemporary portraits of the same individuals. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, leading to the forced removal of almost 120,000 ethnic Japanese to ten desolate internment camps away from the West Coast. Two-thirds of those interned were native-born American citizens.
Dorothea Lange photographed Kitagaki’s grandparents, father and sister in 1942 as they awaited a bus in Oakland to begin their journey into detention. Upon finding Lange’s photograph in the National Archives, Kitagaki realized that each photograph represented an untold story buried in the past. For a decade he has searched for the identities of internees photographed by War Relocation Authority photographers.
The May exhibit in the Step Up Gallery will feature photographs by Jodie Hooker in a series titled Desert Glyphs. Landscape images have been used to represent spiritual ideas since the advent of Art. During the Pictorial photography movement, landscape photographs conveyed such spiritual ideas and concepts of the sublime. Pictorial photographers favored gum dichromate printing for its painterly, ethereal qualities.
The gum dichromate landscapes, chemigrams, and other alternative process photographs in the Desert Glyphs series are also representative of spiritual inklings and sublime beauty. These desert images from Capitol Reef National Park are symbols of retreat and spiritual seeking. When camping, hiking, painting, and photographing in nature Jodie Hooker often recalls a line from The Private Banquet by the poet Rumi: “The sense of sight is too weak to take in this reality.” For this artist, the quirks and flaws in alternative process photographs are an integral part of each image and a way of visualizing the spiritual unseen all around us.
It is an amazing opportunity over a 24-hour period to raise unrestricted dollars from the greater community to support the work of local nonprofits.
Big Day of Giving is a part of a National Day of Giving call Give Local America.
Big Day of Giving is a collaboration of GiveLocalNow, and you local community foundations.
Donations made at https://bigdayofgiving.org on May 5 will be eligible for a boost from a pool of matching funds.
Where Does My Donation Go?
Donors choose the non profit they want to support. This year, all donations made to Viewpoint Photographic Art Center will go to Viewpoint's Gallery Coordinator and Exhibit Fund.
How Do I Donate?
Starting on Tuesday, May 5th at midnight and continuing for a 24 hour period, donations are made online at https://bigdayofgiving.org. To donate, select Viewpoint Photographic Art Center and make your contribution.
How Much Can I Donate?
The minimum donation is $25 and the maximum per donation is $10,000. Payments can be made by Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card. All donations are tax-deductible.
Viewpoint Prize Challenge
Cash prizes will be awarded to organizations who raise the most money by the end of the event and at various challenges throughout the day.
Tell Your Friends & Family — Tell Your Story
Some of your best supporters are your family and friends. Let them know Viewpoint's role in providing opportunities to encourage the art of photography. Ask them to support what you do and love by donating to Viewpoint during this 24 hour event.
BIG DoG and CAT Fun Gallery
Submit a up to three photos of your dog and or cat to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be placed on the Viewpoint website in the BIG Dog and CAT Fun Gallery to promote the 2015 Day of Giving. Add your name and your pet's name in the email. Thank you for sharing your images! (All photos and copyrights belong to the photographers.)