Beauty Beyond the Barbwire: Symposium on Incarcerated Japanese American Artists

Hisako Hibi, Floating Clouds, 1944, oil on canvas, 19 1⁄16 × 23 × 1 1⁄2 in. (48.4 × 58.4 × 3.8 cm), © 2024, Ibuki Hibi Lee.

The Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design (RFC) will present Beauty Beyond the Barbwire: Symposium on Incarcerated Japanese American Artists at the Raymond Farmhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2024.

Beauty Beyond the Barbwire is a two-day symposium that explores the artistic and creative works stemming from the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans by the US Federal Government during World War II. Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia is pleased to partner with the Raymond Farm Center as a media sponsor for this program.

Saturday & Sunday, June 22–23, 2024
Raymond Farm Center
New Hope, Pennsylvania / Google Maps >>

For complete information about Beauty Beyond the Barbwire, including registration guidelines, program schedules, and scheduled speakers, please visit the Raymond Farm Center website.

Program Description

Beauty Beyond the Barbwire explores the work of select Japanese-American Artists incarcerated by the US government during WWII (1942-1945) and their descendants. On Saturday, June 22, the Raymond Farm Center will host a series of short presentations by authors, artists, and scholars on those affected by incarceration and then made significant contributions to American art and design in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Following the presentations will be a panel discussion about the experience of that time, the forbearance of these remarkable people, and a reflection on the ongoing struggle for social justice, civil rights, and the fight against racial discrimination and violence towards the Asian community in contemporary America.

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Day 1: Beauty Beyond the Barbwire Symposium

Saturday, June 22, 2024
9:00 am–5:00 pm

$150 General Admission | $100 Student Admission with ID
Admission includes a light breakfast, lunch and reception.

+ $150
Dinner at the Raymond Farm on June 22 at 7:00 pm
Enjoy a buffet style farm to table dinner with the speakers after the symposium.

Presenters and Panelists

  • John DeFazio AIA, Raymond Farm Center Executive Director, Host
  • Mira Nakashima, Director of Nakashima Woodworkers
  • Naomi Ostwald Kawamura, Densho Executive Director
  • Greg Robinson, Educator/Author, Université du Québec À Montréal
  • Kayo Denda, Educator/Librarian Women’s Studies, Rutgers University
  • Amy Lee Tai & Liana, Tai, Author and Artist
  • Tom Wolf, Educator/Author, Bard College,
  • Brian Niiya, Denso, Panel Discussion Facilitator

Day 2: Historic Tours of the Raymond Farm Center and Nakashima Woodworkers

Sunday, June 23, 2024
10:00 am–3:30 pm

$200 General Admission (SOLD OUT) | $150 for Saturday Symposium Registrants
Lunch at the Raymond Farm Center is included.

Join us on Sunday to explore the life and legacies of Antonin and Noémi Raymond and George Nakashima on a joint tour of the Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts and Design and the Nakashima Woodworkers.

Raymond Farm Center

The Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design is a non-profit culture, arts, and design organization based in New Hope, Pennsylvania, at the former studio and home of designers and architects Noémi and Antonin Raymond. Serving the Bucks County, PA, community and the greater Philadelphia/New York City region, it hosts programming related to culture, architecture, sustainability, art, craft, and design, particularly their relationship to nature. The center is dedicated to preserving the historic Raymond Farmhouse and promoting the principles embodied in their work and lives.

Acknowledgments

Beauty Beyond the Barbwire has been made possible through a partnership between The Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design with the Nakashima Woodworker Studio and Densho: the Japanese American Legacy Project, a media sponsorship with Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Japan Society, and the generous support of Visit Bucks County.

 

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