Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066 at The Society of Arts and Crafts
Wendy Maruyama
The Tag Project/Executive Order 9066
Sept. 8 - Nov. 3, 2012
Reception: Friday Sept.21, 6-8pm at SAC
Dinner & Taiko drum show: Friday Sept. 21, 8-10pm, Old South Church
Mary Norton Hall, 645 Boylston St. $100 per person, $90 SAC members.
Artist Lecture: Saturday Sept. 22, 11:00 am, Old South Church, Mary Norton Hall, 645 Boylston St.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens and resident aliens of Japanese ancestry. Wendy Maruyama, a third generation Japanese-American and highly regarded artist/furniture maker based in San Diego, has created a compelling body of work examining this period in American history.

The exhibition includes three integrated parts: Executive Order 9066, the Tag Project, and a selection of historical artifacts. Executive Order 9066 involves a series of wall-mounted cabinets and sculptures referencing themes common in the internment camps. Maruyama's pieces integrate photo transfers based on the documentary photographs of Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake in conjunction with materials such as barbed wire, tarpaper and domestic objects. The Tag Project consists of groupings of 120,000 recreated paper identification tags suspended from the ceiling. The suspended tags evoke a powerful sense of the humiliation endured by the internees and the sheer numbers of those displaced.

Maruyama's inclusion of actual objects owned or made by the internees brings an intensely personal awareness to the impact of Executive Order 9066. Included objects range from actual suitcases used by families during their relocation to an array of items made by internees from available materials in the camps.
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