Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake

The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake is an exhibition probing the complexity of the Japanese-American confinement site in Newell, CA. The Tule Lake internment camp became the largest designated segregation center ruled under martial law. The history of Tule Lake is not widely known, but it is a vital story. The exhibit provides a starting point for understanding; for no single narrative can convey all that happened. There are stories of sorrow and resilience, courage and fear, loneliness and solidarity.

Through Hiroshi Watanabe’s poignant photographs of artifacts, we have a sense of those who were unjustly confined. The accompanying panels provide historical context and a window into the layered complexity of the events that took place at Tule Lake. The viewer is encouraged to consider both the orchestration of life behind barbed wire and what it might have been like to live with constant turmoil and uncertainty.

We invite you to attend the opening reception, held on 11/02 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The event will honor internees with a diverse program of guest speakers and taiko drumming.

The exhibit can be viewed during the Downtown Library’s open hours, from 10/18-12/03.

Monday-Wednesday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Thursday-Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

Holiday closures: 11/11, 11/28, 11/29

Art of Survival is supported in part by a Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

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