August 6-October 7, 2005 & October 15, 2005-January 31, 2006

Artists For Peace, Part I & II
Exhibition: Aug 6-Oct 7 & Oct 15- Jan 31
National Japanese American Historical Society

A Cultural/ political art exhibition and performance series commemorating the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Our goal is to promote a dialogue for peace and reconciliation through the art. We reach out to the Asian American community, peace activists and the at-large multi-cultural community of the San Francisco Bay Area.

August 6, 2005 through January 31, 2006
Presented by the National Japanese American Historical Society, this art exhibition, curated by Robert Hanamura, takes place in two parts- PART 1 (Aug. 6 - Oct. 7), the dialogue begins with the artists listed below. The dialogue continues in PART II (Oct. 15, 2005 - Jan. 31, 2006) with additional artists.

1684 Post St. San Francisco

Nancy HOM Lawrence T. YAMAMOTO
Iri & Toshi MARUKI Kayana SZYMCZAK
America MEREDITH  
Chiura OBATA  
Jane TEI  
Yamashita OLIVIERA  

Betty Kano, Curator

Nancy Hom's "Caged Freedom," pastel and gouache on paper, 2005
Schedule of Events
All events are free.

At every moment art is a testament of its time and consciousness. In “Ghosts of Little Boy: Artists for Peace, Part II” art from the past, the present and the future are brought together to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The exhibit at NJAHS Peace Gallery opens on Saturday, October 15 with a reception from 5 to 7 pm featuring mistress of butoh, artist Hiroko Tamano.

Concurrently with the exhibition, there will be a Video Film Festival at NJAHS Peace Gallery starting with a showing of “Barefoot Gen” on Friday, November 11, from 6 to 8 pm. Other showings will be on Fridays, 6 - 8 pm, December 2, January 13 and 27, 2006. Discussion and light refreshments follow all showings which are free of charge.

Chiura Obata's "Devastation," watercolor onpaper, 1945

This multi-generational exhibit helps us to understand through the artists, films, documentaries and discussions, the impact through the decades of this event of sixty years ago.

Assembly on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (AWRIC)
January 13, 2006 6pm - 10 pm: Hiroshima
In the NJAHS Gallery: Long (3 hrs) spell-binding made-for-TV drama undertakes the narrative from both sides, showing parallels and devastating differences in an even-handed, insightful and accurate way. A joint Japanese and Canadian production, with the Japanese portion effective and authentic characterizations of Japan’s Emperor, military leaders and human cost. The historical scope and accuracy is riveting, acting tops.

January 27, 2006 5 pm - 9 pm: Exhibit Closing Party and Screening of Trinity: The Atomic Bomb Movie
The closing party at the NJAHS Peace Gallery for Ghosts of Little Boy Art Exhibit will feature poetry from Genny Lim, Al Robles, Janice Mirikitani, Shing02 and Nancy Hom and music from Francis Wong as well as refreshments beginning at 5 pm. The film screenings will begin at 6:15 pm.

There will be two films shown. The first is Steven Okazaki’s award-winning documentary on hibakusha in Hiroshima, The Mushroom Club. The second is Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie which is a very amazing, emotional, visual and gut-wrenching reaction to nuclear arms. From Hiroshima to the global present, the history of atomic and hydrogen bomb design, production and testing by the United States on cities, islands, underwater, underground and in the atmosphere. Rare, archival footage of nuclear bomb tests conducted by Great Britain, China and Russia are astonishing. Produced by Peter Kuran, narrated by William Shatner (1995).

For more information contact:
NJAHS, 1684 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415.921.5007
Fax: 415. 921. 5087


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