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Coffee & Collections: Fumi Matsumoto

January 2017

“Ibara no Michi (Pathway of Thorns)”, by Fumi Matsumoto, JDCM 2016.10.002. Purchase of this artwork has been made possible through the generous support of the Rasmuson Foundation.

Join local artist Fumi Matsumoto for a discussion of art and history during Coffee and Collections. Matsumoto will begin the presentation by showing the short, award-winning film "Honor & Sacrifice," which tells the story of her father, Roy Matsumoto, a decorated WWII Nisei veteran who fought in Burma and received the Congressional Gold Medal. After the film, she will discuss her artwork and how it has been influenced by the experiences of her father, other family members, and friends who were forced by the U.S. government to live in Japanese Internment Camps during WWII. Fumi Matsumoto’s work reflects the experiences and themes of her Japanese ancestry and growing up as an Asian American. The Museum has purchased three of her pieces from the "Empty Chair Exhibit," thanks to the generous support of the Rasmuson Foundation’s Art Acquisition Fund, and they will be on view in the entryway display case from mid-January until the end of June 2017. Coffee and Collections is a free event with coffee provided courtesy of Heritage Coffee Company. For more information on the film "Honor & Sacrifice," visit the website below:

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