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Skirball Cultural Center

This is a past exhibition

This exhibition was on view at the Skirball
October 8, 2015–February 21, 2016

About the Exhibition

Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams presented a lesser-known dimension of celebrated photographer Ansel Adams’s body of work, and offered insight into a decisive and disquieting period in American history. Presented at the Skirball in association with the Japanese American National Museum, the exhibition featured fifty photographs by Adams of the Japanese American incarceration camp in Manzanar, California, during World War II. These photographs were the subject of Adams’s controversial book Born Free and Equal, published in 1944 while war was still being waged. The book protested the treatment of these American citizens and what Adams called their “enforced exodus.” Powerful forms of civic and artistic expression, the images spoke to the Skirball’s mission of confronting injustice, embracing diversity, and preserving community. Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams was curated by Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

In addition to Adams’s work, the Skirball’s presentation of the exhibition included other photographs, documents, publications, artifacts, and works of art that detailed life and conditions at Manzanar and offered personal narratives of the experience. A range of propaganda posters, films, pamphlets, and magazines portrayed the anger, prejudice, and overt racism of the times. Additional material from Adams’s contemporaries, Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake, were highlighted.

In the News

Photos: 3 Very Different Views Of Japanese Internment
National Public Radio | February 17, 2016

Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams at Skirball
The International Examiner | January 26, 2016

Journey to Manzanar
SkirBlog | December 30, 2015

An Honorable Legacy—On View along the Streets of Los Angeles
SkirBlog | December 22, 2015

Ansel Adams Captures the Struggle and Beauty of a Japanese-American Internment Camp
Zócalo Public Square | December 2, 2015

Manzanar The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams
Examiner.com | November 8, 2015

SoCal Japan
UTB | November 7, 2015

Exhibit | Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams
Crave Online | November 5, 2015

Ansel Adams, World War II, Manzanar
KCRW’s Art Talk | November 3, 2015

Ansel Adams, World War II, Manzanar
The Huffington Post | November 3, 2015

My Pilgrimage to Manzanar
SkirBlog | October 28, 2015

Ansel Adams' Manzanar photos are in town
LA Observed | October 13, 2015

Skirball Cultural Center shows a different Ansel Adams with ‘Manzanar’ exhibit
Daily News | October 9, 2015

Datebook: Modern California landscapes, Giant Robot Biennale, Ansel Adams at Manzanar
Los Angeles Times | October 9, 2015

Ansel Adams’ Manzanar Photos on Display at Skirball Cultural Center
ABC7’s Eyewitness News | October 8, 2015

Ansel Adams’ Manzanar photographs come to Skirball
Jewish Journal | October 8, 2015

Skirball Center’s exhibit on Japanese internment goes beyond Ansel Adams photos
KPCC’s Off-Ramp | October 8, 2015

Skirball Center opening exhibition of Manzanar photographs by Ansel Adams & Toyo Miyatake
Cultural News | October 8, 2015

Ansel Adams’s Lost Internment Camp Photos
The Daily Beast | October 7, 2015

Manzanar and Internment Life in Ansel Adams, Miné Okubo Works at Skirball
Guardian Liberty Voice | October 7, 2015

Miné Okubo’s Artwork, Ansel Adams’ Photographs at Skirball
The Rafu Shimpo | October 7, 2015

Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams Opens Oct. 8 at LA's Skirball
ArtfixDaily | October 6, 2015

Inside America's forgotten war camps: Rare photos show everyday life of the thousands of Japanese Americans locked up in internment camps on U.S. soil 70 years ago
Daily Mail | Septmeber 19, 2015

Ansel Adams’ Rare Photos of Everyday Life in a Japanese Internment Camp
Slate | September 15, 2015

How the Photography of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams Told the Story of Japanese American Internment
Hyperallergic | September 1, 2015

Donor Support

MANZANAR: THE WARTIME PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANSEL ADAMS AND ITS RELATED PROGRAMS AT THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER WERE MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY SUPPORT FROM:

Associates from The Capital Group
The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Specialty Family Foundation
Lannette and Scott Turicchi

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