Behind the Glass Eye: Photographs by Toyo Miyatake
April 5 - July 31, 2016
Toyo Miyatake (1895–1979) was a Los Angeles-based Japanese American artist and photographer, best known for his photographs that secretly documented the lives of Japanese Americans interned at Manzanar in the High Sierras of California during World War II.
The exhibition Behind the Glass Eye includes Miyatake’s early experimental studio images as well as the more well-known scenes inside the barbed wired fencing of Manzanar. Together these photographs tell the story of an artistic life interrupted by war.
This exhibition is guest curated by Hirokazu Kosaka, artistic director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, and Alan Miyatake of the Toyo Miyatake Studio in San Gabriel, CA.
All programs take place at the Beach Museum of Art and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, April 7, 5 p.m.
Opening Reception for “Behind the Glass Eye: Photographs by Toyo Miyatake” and “Minidoka on My Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura”
Guest curators of “Behind the Glass Eye,” Hirokazu Kosaka and Alan Miyatake, will make brief remarks, and Kosaka, a master of Japanese archery, or kyudo, will perform an arrow ceremony in honor of all those affected by the Alien Registration Act of 1940. Musical performances highlighting the artistic and social connections among American artists affected by World War II and its aftermath will be offered.
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 2 p.m., Leadership Studies Building, Town Hall (Room 114)
You People: Mistrust of the Other
Inspired by the exhibitions “Behind the Glass Eye” and “Minidoka on My Mind," this forum offers an opportunity to unpack moments in American history when entire ethnic groups were marginalized and classified as inferior and/or dangerous by the mainstream population. Join a panel of scholars and artists for an informed discussion of the lessons we can learn from history, and participate in a dialogue about racial profiling and stereotyping, then and now. Panelists include Roger Shimomura, artist and University of Kansas professor emeritus; Dr. Steven Dandaneau, vice provost for undergraduate studies, Kansas State University; and Hirokazu Kosaka, guest curator of “Behind the Glass Eye.” Moderated by Dr. Zelia Wiley, interim associate provost for diversity, Kansas State University.
Thursday, April 14, 5:30 p.m. , Pelton Gallery
Saxophone Expressions: An Exploration of Musical Turmoil
Thursday, April 21, 5:30 p.m., Pelton Gallery
Hip Hop Dance Workshop
Workshop fee $5.00. Advance registration required, call 785-532-7718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Optional Post-Workshop Photo Shoot, 7-8 p.m.
Thursday, May 5, 5:30 p.m., UMB Theater
Film Screening: The Cats of Mirikitani (2006), with director Linda Hattendorf