Join us for a special presentation by Barbara Johns, author of The Hope of Another Spring, a biography of Issei artist Takuichi Fujii from the University of Washington Press.
This event is timed with a rare exhibit of the artist’s work at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Witness to Wartime, on view from September 16 through January 1, 2018, and curated by the author.
About the Book
Takuichi Fujii (1891-1964) left Japan in 1906 to make his home in Seattle, where he established a business, started a family, and began his artistic practice. When war broke out between the United States and Japan, he and his family were incarcerated along with the more than 100,000 ethnic Japanese located on the West Coast. Sent to detention camps at Puyallup, Washington, and then Minidoka in Idaho, Fujii documented his daily experiences in words and art. The Hope of Another Spring reveals the rare find of a large and heretofore unknown collection of art produced during World War II.
About the Author
Barbara Johns, PhD, is a Seattle-based art historian and curator. She is the author of Signs of Home: The Paintings and Wartime Diary of Kamekichi Tokita.