“con.Text” reception at the de Saisset Museum
My ongoing show “con.Text”, featuring 18 ink on panel portraits, at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara will be having an outdoor reception Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 4-6 p.m.
There will be light refreshments outside on the lawns in front of the museum and you are welcome to take your time in the galleries.
The museum is located on the campus of Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050 (408) 554-4528.
If you cannot make it mid week Thursday we have scheduled small group walk throughs with me on Friday April 14 and Saturday April 15 at 11:30 -12:15pm and 1-1:45pm. Due to capacity restrictions advanced registration is suggested and will open soon.
2 of the 18 pieces hanging in the show:
“Tiffany” is the granddaughter of Roy Sakasegawa who was drafted
into the U.S. army in August 1941 from Salinas CA four months before
Pearl Harbor. After the attack Roy’s family was incarcerated along with 120
thousand people of Japanese descent, 62% were American, in Poston
Arizona one of the 10 internment camps set up to house the internees.
Roy went on to serve in the 442nd Infantry division composed of Japanese
Americans who fought mostly in Europe. The 442nd Regiment is the most
decorated unit for its size in U.S. Military history. The unit earned more
than 18,000 awards including 21 Medal of Honor.
The text used to make the marks is Executive Order 9102 that
established the War Relocation Authority the agency responsible for the
forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.
Lorraine’s great grandfather first came to the United States in the
1850’s on a 30ft Sampan, a Chinese fishing vessel not designed to cross an
ocean. He landed in Mendocino County and immediately began work in
the lumber camps as a cook. After going to China in the late 1880’s he tried
to return to his family in California, but due to the Chinese Exclusion Act
of 1882 he had to pay to take the name of a citizen to be allowed back to
his family in California.
The text used to render the portrait is The Chinese Exclusion Act of
1882, which was the first and only law to prevent all members of a specific
ethnic group from immigrating to the United States. Many Americans on
the West Coast attributed declining wages and economic ills to Chinese
workers so Congress passed the Exclusion Act to placate worker demands
and assuage prevalent concerns about maintaining white “racial purity.”
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