The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps

Visual Arts

Thu Jul 3, 2014 – Sun Oct 12, 2014

Partner Organization

Bellevue Arts Museum


Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Gaman (pronounced gáh-mon) means to endure the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.

This poignant exhibition features arts and crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps (1942 -1946). After Pearl Harbor, 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from their homes along the west coast and incarcerated in internment camps. Two thirds of internees were American citizens. The works of art created by these internees, made with found materials, are a testament to their perseverance, resourcefulness, spirit, and humanity.

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