Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Manazanar: The Relocation Photographs of Ansel Adams
$25,000 • Saginaw
During the summer of 2015, the Marshall M. Federicks Sculpture Museum brought Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams to Saginaw. The exhibit featured images that Adams took of the government-mandated internment of American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II. The project used the exhibit as a catalyst for a larger discussion on the racial and social dimensions of the internment. Through formal and informal discussion with survivors and their children, the project created dialogue and understanding about how fear, hate, and prejudice shaped this period of American history. Although none of the camps were located in Michigan, the ideas based in racism and fear that drove the decision to relocate Japanese Americans had lasting repercussions—including social and financial—for generations of Japanese Americans, many of whom call Michigan home.
The entryway to the exhibition at the Marshall M. Fredericks Museum