Beauty in a War Torn World


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March 3-31

On display in the Visitors Center Gallery during regular Garden hours. Beauty in a War Torn World is a compelling collection of visually strong photos and artwork curated by local Southern historian and professor of history at Arkansas State University, Sarah Wilkerson Freeman. This multi-faceted exhibit includes photographs from the Japanese internment camp at Rohwer, Arkansas, in the midst of WWII. At the heart of this collection is the story of a Memphis woman, Floy Hanson, who found Japanese artist and camp resident Henry Sugimoto capturing life behind barbed wire through his paintings. In a time when Japanese-America citizens were not allowed cameras inside the camps, the unlikely pair took Sugimoto’s paintings public, in a courageous, multi-cultural civil rights action that led to photographer Paul Faris being allowed to take photographs in the Rohwer camp. Approximately 30 of Faris’ black and white photographs will be featured in this current exhibit, which has shown in San Francisco, at Hendrix College, and at Arkansas State University. The exhibit also features never-before-displayed images of letters, diaries, furniture designs, and watercolors created by Ms. Hanson. This multi-cultural, Memphis-centric but internationally-significant exhibit appropriately coincides with Women’s History Month. Opening reception March 5, 2-4 p.m. Admission is free to the public.


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