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Na Omi Judy Shintani: Dream Refuge for Children Imprisoned

Na Omi Judy Shintani: Dream Refuge for Children Imprisoned

April 14–September 4, 2022

Please note: the museum’s hours will be extended for the last weekend of this exhibition. We will be open Thursday, September 1 – Sunday, September 4 from 11am-3pm. Reservations are not required but encouraged.

The Japanese American Museum of Oregon presents Na Omi Judy Shintani’s Dream Refuge for Children Imprisoned, an installation exploring the trauma experienced by children who have been incarcerated. Shintani has arranged cots, life-sized drawings of children, space blankets, and woven fabrics into a circular formation in the museum, creating a sacred space for listening to the stories of those incarcerated. The piece draws parallels between Japanese American children held at concentration camps during WWII, Native American children who were denied their culture at boarding schools, and Central American children separated from their families and currently living in unsafe conditions at the border.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 14 with the artist in attendance. Friends of JAMO are invited to join us from 5pm-6pm for a special preview reception. We invite everyone else to join us from 6pm-8pm for opening night. Read more here.