Artist & Curator Conversation: Alison Moritsugu and Sarah Freeman

February 2, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Artist Alison Moritsugu, Densho community activist and artist Erin Shigaki, and curator Sarah Freeman discuss Moons and Internment Stones, an exhibit of paintings of the moon and of stones collected by Moritsugu’s grandfather in the Santa Fe Internment Camp during World War II. This event is presented in partnership with Densho, a nonprofit organization committed to documenting the oral histories of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.

Alison Moritsugu was born and raised in Hawai‘i and now lives in Beacon, New York. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center, Lux Art Institute, Littlejohn Contemporary, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and the Knoxville Museum of Art. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting and participated in residencies at the Cité International des Arts, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program. She holds a B.F.A. from Washington University and an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts. 

Erin Shigaki is a yonsei (fourth-generation) Japanese American who creates art that is community-based and focused on BIPOC experiences, such as those of members of her community incarcerated during World War II. She seeks to understand intergenerational trauma and to explore the emergence of beauty and intimacy despite unspeakably harsh circumstances. She believes that wielding art and activism to tell these stories can educate, redress, and incrementally heal. Erin has received grants and commissions from numerous institutions, including Densho, the Wing Luke Museum, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Grant, the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Academy of Design’s Abbey Mural Prize. She holds a B.A. from Yale University.


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