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Paul Kitagaki, Jr.—Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit

In the Main Gallery, May 6 – June 6, 2015

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.

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Jodie Hooker: Desert Glyphs

In the Step Up Gallery, May 6 – June 6, 2015

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.

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