Barbara Johns with Tom Ikeda
Tonight art historian Barbara Johns speaks about the life and work of Seattle artist Takuichi Fujii (1891-1964), which is the subject of her beautiful new book, The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness (University of Washington Press). Born in Japan, Fujii settled in Seattle in 1906, was incarcerated in Minidoka during World War II, he documented his daily life in words and art, much of which has remained unseen. Barbara Johns’ talk includes images from Fujii’s work and an onstage conversation with Tom Ikeda, founding Executive Director of Densho.
Barbara Johns, Ph.D., is a Seattle-based art historian and curator. She is also the author of Signs of Home: The Paintings and Wartime Diary of Kamekichi Tokita. Densho’s mission is to “preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II...They offer these irreplaceable first hand accounts, coupled with historical images and teacher resources, to explore principles of democracy, and promote equal justice for all.”