Roger Shimomura: Minidoka and Beyond


Roger Shimomura, Flomenhaft Gallery, NYC, Japan, Minidoka, art, internment, WWII, Executive Order 9066, internment camps, incarceration
Two Citizens ©Roger Shimomura

Roger Shimomura: Minidoka and Beyond

Thursday, April 13 through Saturday, June 3
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 13 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Flomenhaft Gallery – 547 W. 27th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), Suite 200

Admission: Free

The Flomenhaft Gallery presents an exhibit of the newest exciting paintings by Roger Shimomura, a Seattle-born Sansei who was two years old when his family was incarcerated at Minidoka in Idaho during World War II. Minidoka was one of ten internment camps scattered in remote areas throughout the US that illegally held 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, behind barbed wire under the authorization of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066.

That experience has lived forever in Shimomura’s memory and created in him a deep sense of empathy for discrimination against any and all races and religions in America. His art is created with a great sense of humanity, reflecting his association with every bias that might threaten our democracy.

“Central to my work is the manipulation of common objects into something other than what they are,” says Shimomura. In fact all of his art is about himself and reflects his connection to American Pop Art as he manipulates not only objects but also people, sometimes harshly, sometimes with humor.

For more information, please visit Flomenhaft Gallery’s website.