INSIDE SHOT — Winter 2009


Internment’s Impact

(Photo: Mary Butkus )
Alumni Michael Adams (far left) and Gyo Obata presented “Remembering the Internment” to a standing-room-only crowd at Steinberg Hall on October 2. Their talk focused on the friendship between their famous fathers, the photographer Ansel Adams and the painter Chiura Obata (pictured), and on how both families were impacted by the U.S. government’s internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Organized by the Center for the Study of Ethics & Human Values, the event was part of the semester-long series “Ethnic Profiling: A Challenge to Democracy.” Works by Ansel Adams and Chiura Obata, such as Obata’s painting above, also are included in the exhibition “A Challenge to Democracy: Ethnic Profiling of Japanese Americans During World War II,” on view in the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum through January 4, 2010.
Chiura Obata, Silent Moonlight at Tanforan Relocation Center, 1942. Private Collection