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12 Books for UMFA’s Pictures of Belonging Exhibition

The new exhibition Pictures of Belonging opens at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, February 24, 2024. As part of the exhibition, curator Virginia Catherall and Librarian Allyson Mower teamed up to select several books—ranging from graphic novels to academic titles to children’s books—to display as part of the exhibition. They are listed here and are also available for checkout and on display at Marriott Library.

Compiled by Librarian Allyson Mower.

There will be a special virtual event with associate curator Emily Lawhead and Librarian Allyson Mower to talk about Miné Okubo’s graphic novel Citizen 13660 on Monday, March 18 at 10 am Register for the virtual event here.

Books by or about the artists:

Citizen 13660, artist edition
(Univ of Washington Press, 2014)

Miné Okubo: Following Her Own Road
by Elena Tajima Creef and Greg Robinson

The Other American Moderns: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa
by ShiPu Wang

Peaceful Painter: Memoirs of an Issei Woman Artist
by Hisako Hibi & Ibuki Lee

Books about the broader subject area (internment, Asian American female artists):

Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience
edited by Lawson Inada with intro by Patricia Wakida

Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind A World War II Fence
by Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey

Imaging Japanese America: The Visual Construction of Citizenship, Nation, and the Body
by Creef, Elena Tajima

The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946
by Hirasuna, Delphine

Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women,
edited by Asian American Women Artists Association

Children and YA Books:

A Place Where Sunflowers Grow
by Amy Lee-Tai

Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation
by Uchida Yoshiko

The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese Internment Camp Based on a Classroom Diary
by George Chilcoat

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