Smithsonian American Art Museum to Display Arts and Crafts Made by Japanese Americans in World War II

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WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present “The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946” at its branch museum for craft and decorative arts, the Renwick Gallery, from March 5, 2010, through Jan. 30, 2011. “The Art of Gaman” is organized by San Francisco-based author and guest curator Delphine Hirasuna with the cooperation of the San Francisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. It features more than 120 objects, the majority of which are on loan from former internees or their families. This exhibition presents an opportunity to educate a new generation of Americans about the internment experience and will provide a historical context through archival photographs and artifacts. Soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, almost all ethnic Japanese—more than two-thirds of whom were American citizens by birth&#