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On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing internment of 120,000 American citizens and resident aliens from Japan during World War II. As a third generation Japanese-American, the San Diego-based artist Wendy Maruyama was deeply affected by this history. Maruyama, a studio furniture maker and head of the studio furniture program at San Diego State University, combines multiple bodies of work in the exhibition Executive Order 9066 to tell the complex story of the Japanese-American internment camps.
The exhibition is organized by The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Mass., and funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, which also funded the accompanying catalog and programs.
Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066 travels to the ASU Art Museum from the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Ark; and then on to the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, Calif. (March 1- May 24, 2014); and the Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015).
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