Wednesday, November 03, 2010

TAM Docents: All sorts of stuff

Hello Docents-

Thanks to those of you who came out to today’s History Mystery at the WSHM. Magda was a great hostess, I think you will all agree, and the experience was great. I hope you all walked away with more knowledge of Japanese History for our area but also a sense of how we might be able to  use “touchable items” more in our tours to impart info. While that wasn’t necessarily the purpose, it certainly came to my mind how much I like handling things. I loved all of the running around too! Not our typical museum experience.

I have included a couple of links again below for your perusal, in case you didn’t take advantage of those before. The 2nd one, with artwork by Roger Shimomura, is one I mentioned to several of you today.

For those of you who would like to thank Magda and the volunteers at WSHM, please drop by my desk in the next couple of weeks to sign a card. I will have it out on my desk (Cream card, burgundy paper with a gold heart on the front) so feel free to write in it at will.

Ma Chihuly’s Floats will be removed from the wave on Tuesday, November 9th. We won’t see them again until spring so get your fill now.

Thank you for all that you do for Tacoma Art Museum! I feel so proud to have the opportunity to work with all of you.

-Jana Training video on Japanese Woodblock Prints - Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection 
"One Japanese American family's memories of living behind barbed wire during World War II are captured in this bilingual multimedia website. The acclaimed artist Roger Shimomura, who was held at Minidoka, Idaho, as a three year old, found inspiration in his grandmother's journals for the series An American Diary. A virtual exhibition, In the Shadow of My Country displays these sharply ironic paintings tempered by the grandmother's patient, hopeful words. Complementing the central images are the poignant series Memories of Childhood (depicting Shimomura's earliest memories of Minidoka), photos of daily life in the detention camps, an interview with the artist, and quotations of Japanese Americans incarcerated as children. This array of images and voices recalls the harsh conditions, improvised diversions, and years lost in America's prison camps for innocent civilians. "



Jana Wennstrom

Manager of Public and Volunteer Programs

& Interim Director of Education


1701 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma, Washington 98402

T: 253.272.4258 x3030

F: 253.627.1898



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