On Tap: Empty Chair Museum Exhibit

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A group picture of Block 6 at Minidoka Internment Camp which housed, among others, Japanese and Japanese-American members of the Juneau community who are being immortalized on the Empty Chair Memorial.

The Empty Chair Committee is pleased to announce that the Juneau-Douglas City Museum is planning an exhibit about the Japanese and Japanese-American families who were evacuated from Juneau and interned at Minidoka Internment Camp in Idaho during World War II. Scheduled to open May 2, 2014 and run through November 22, 2014, the exhibit will debut in conjunction with the Empty Chair’s memorial placement and dedication which is tentatively scheduled for June 2014.  The exhibit will feature stories of individual families affected before, during and after their internment at Minidoka (1941-1955) and include first person accounts, photographs, videos and artifacts.

We are also pleased that Juneau Artist Fumi Matsumoto has offered to display pieces of her work in the exhibit that are specific to the internment experience and amplify its emotional impact. Her work was recently featured at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle. Here are two of her favorite pieces which she has kindly let us feature here:

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Minidoka Interlude

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Pathway of Thorns

Members of the Empty Chair Committee are working with City Museum Director Jane Lindsey and Curator of Collections & Exhibits Jodi DeBruyne to facilitate the exhibit. We are grateful for their interest in expanding community awareness and involvement in the Empty Chair Project.