The Skirball Cultural Center presents Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams, featuring fifty little-known photographs by Ansel Adams (1902–1984) that depict the treatment of Japanese Americans at the Manzanar incarceration camp in central California.
Taken during World War II, the black and white works were originally published in Adams’s book Born Free and Equal (1944) in which he protested what he called the “enforced exodus” of a minority of citizens.
On view at the Skirball from October 8, 2015–February 21, 2016, Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams offers insight into a disquieting period in California and American history.
In the exhibition, Adams’s portfolio is complemented by the work of contemporaries Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake, who also photographed Manzanar during the war.
Also on view are documents, publications, propaganda materials, artifacts, and artwork detailing life and conditions at the camp.
Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams was organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California. It is presented at the Skirball in association with the Japanese American National Museum.
Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams and its related programs at the Skirball Cultural Center are made possible in part by support from: Associates from The Capital Group, Irene Hirano Inouye, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Specialty Family Foundation, and Lannette and Scott Turicchi.
Media Sponsors: KCETLink Media Group, Los Angeles magazine
Concurrently, the Skirball presents Citizen 13660: The Art of Miné Okubo.
Based on an illustrated memoir of the same name, this companion exhibition features the work of Japanese American artist Miné Okubo (1912–2001), who recorded her everyday struggles at two incarceration camps through poignant pen and ink drawings and incisive commentary.
Citizen 13660: The Art of Miné Okubo is also presented in association with the Japanese American National Museum.
The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049.
Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday 12:00–5:00 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays.
Admission to exhibitions: $10 General; Exhibitions are free to all visitors on Thursdays.
For general information, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit skirball.org.