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Yellow Terror: The Collections and Paintings of Roger Shimomura

Yellow Terror, Roger Shimomura, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 72". Courtesy of the Artist
 

Co-curated by Roger Shimomura and Dr. Stacey Uradomo-Barre, the Curator for the Art in Public Places Program of the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA), and produced by Wing Luke Museum, the nation's only pan-Asian Pacific American museum and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Yellow Terror: The Collections and Paintings of Roger Shimomura marks the first exhibition of Shimomura's art in concert with the memorabilia and objects depicting racial stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans, accumulated by the artist over the last twenty years and donated to the archives of Wing Luke Museum.

In his signature Pop Art style, Shimomura's paintings uncover and challenge the role of the media and material culture to define the American norm while establishing the perpetual Other. The exhibition features over 30 of Shimomura's paintings paired with his extensive and unique collections of Asian stereotypical ephemera, one of the largest of such collections in the nation. His collection, consisting of over 300 salt and pepper shakers, over 80 Halloween masks, assorted toys and everyday household items, among many other objects, and largely dating between the early 20th century and World War II, testifies to the pervasiveness of stereotypes and questions their lasting legacy today.

Yellow Terror will be available for travel beginning January 2011. The exhibition is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue with an extended curatorial essay written by Dr. Stacey Uradomo-Barre along with color plates of Shimomura's paintings and collections.

Masks, papier-mache with hair, painted cloth, painted plastic, or rubber Roger Shimomura Collection, Wing Luke Museum
 

Exhibition Fee and Additional Requirements

The exhibition fee for Yellow Terror is $10,000 per 10-week booking period. Borrowing sites are also required to pay for shipping (to be determined based on exhibition schedule) and must have insurance coverage for the exhibition. Allow for approximately 1,750 square feet (350 linear feet) minimum gallery space. Must be museum or limited access gallery with temperature, light control, humidity controls and security required. Exhibition includes special display cases for mask and salt and pepper shaker collections. Other collections material has been framed for ease of display.

ExhibitionContents

  • Yellow Terror, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 72"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Mix and Match: No. 1, 2001, lithograph, 22" x 30"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Mixing and Matching, 2008, acrylic on canvas, diptych, 14" x 11" each
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Mixing and Matching #2, 2008, acrylic on canvas, diptych, 14" x 11" each
    Courtesy of the artist
  • FOX and Banzai, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Housing Discrimination, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Oriental Type, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Ghettopoly, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Oklahoma Sooners, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Parcells Says "No Disrespect", 2008, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Ebay Citizen #1, 2001, acrylic on canvas, 8" x 16"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Ebay Citizen #2, 2001, acrylic on canvas, 8" x 16"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Ebay Citizen #6, 2001, acrylic on canvas, 8" x 16"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Frat Rats, 2000, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 48"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Roger and Janet, 2009, acrylic on canvas, diptych, 14" x 11" each
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Falling Son, 2000, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 18"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Mr. Wong, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 45"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Jap's a Jap #1, 2000, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Jap's a Jap #5, 2000, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Jap's a Jap #7, 2001, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • American Portrait #1, 2002, acrylic on canvas, triptych, 72" x 60"
    Courtesy of the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University (to be confirmed)
  • American Portrait #2, 2002, acrylic on canvas, triptych, 72" x 60"
    Courtesy of the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University (to be confirmed)
  • American Portrait #3, 2002, acrylic on canvas, triptych, 72" x 60"
    Courtesy of the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University (to be confirmed)
  • Sailor Moon, 2004, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Astro Boy, 2004, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • I Know a Japanese, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • The Eternal Foreigner #7, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 24"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Eternal Foreigner #10, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 24"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Japs Galore, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 45"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Dr. Seuss Goes to War, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Fire Drill, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Remember Pearl Harbor, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24"
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Different Citizens, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 45"
    Courtesy of the artist
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    Bring Yellow Terror to Your Area

    For more information about Yellow Terror, download the exhibition overview.

    For detailed information and to make arrangements to bring Yellow Terror to your site, call 206.623.5124 or email collections@wingluke.org to inquire about exhibition rental.


    Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani

    Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani was a fiercely independent Japanese American artist who lost his family and friends to the United States internment camps during World War II and Hiroshima's atomic bombing. He survived the trauma of those two significant events and homelessness by creating art every day. Mr. Mirikitani passed away at age 92 on October 21, 2012 in New York City. This remarkable exhibition about the art and life of Mr. Mirikitani is a poignant exploration of the lasting impacts of war and discrimination, and the healing power of creativity.

    Related subjects include Japanese American internment during World War II, Hiroshima and the Atomic Bomb, 9/11 and its aftermath, the elderly and care in the U.S., and immigration to the U.S.

    Please call 206.623.5124 or email collections@wingluke.org to inquire about exhibition rental.


    Select works by Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani


    Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, Mother and Baby, 1999 – 2006, Mixed media
     
      
    Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, Battle of Midway, 1999 – 2006, Mixed media
     
      
    Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, Cat with Okinawa White Fish, 1999 – 2006, Mixed media
     

    Exhibition Fee and Additional Requirements

    The exhibition fee is $750 for 10 weeks, excluding cost of shipping.

    Other requirements include:

  • Payment of rental fee, in full, before exhibition is shipped.
  • Payment of shipping to and from Wing Luke Museum.
  • Certificate of Insurance Coverage. The value of the exhibition is $9,000.
  • Proper credit on all press and printed materials for the exhibition.
  • Security for this exhibition is moderate. About 400 square feet will be needed for the exhibition. The space must be a limited-access, gallery-type area. An open mall, hallway, or lounge area is not acceptable. You must also provide a locked, environmentally stable interior space for exhibition storage and staging.

    Guards or other trained personnel must be available in sufficient numbers to assure the safety of the exhibition while it is on display. The exhibition area must be locked and secure during closing hours.

    Temperature, light and humidity controls are required. Standard levels are 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and 45 to 50 percent relative humidity. Direct sunlight should be diffused or eliminated to prevent fading of artwork.                                             

    Exhibition Contents

    1 – Introduction panel with Curatorial Statement by Roger Shimomura (20” h x 48” w)

    30 – Framed artworks"

    1. Sinking Whale Ship (20.25” h x 25.25” w)
    2. Childhood Daruma (13.25” h x 16.25” w)
    3. Katrina (16.25” h x 11.25” w)
    4. Grapes for Jackson Pollock (25.25” h x 9.25” w)
    5. Tiger Cat (38.25” h x 19.25” w)
    6. Bamboo (38.25” h x 16.25” w)
    7. Korean Tiger (38.25” h x 28.25” w)
    8. Tiger Cat and Bamboo (18.25” h x 12.25” w)
    9. Cat Taking Sun Bath in Autumn (15.25” h x 12.25” w)
    10. Hot Springs Country (15.25” h x 10.25” w)
    11. Cat with Still Life 2 (36.25” h x 18.25” w)
    12. Cat with Still Life 1 (24.25” h x 30.25” w)
    13. Cat with Sardine and White Fish (10.25” h x 12.25” w)
    14. Cat with Okinawa White Fish (11.25” h x 13.25” w)
    15. Mother and Baby (20.25” h x 28.25” w)
    16. Cat with Okinawa Color Fish (21.25” h x 25.25” w)
    17. Cats with Red Snapper (24.25” h x 30.25” w)
    18. Crab (13.25” h x 13.25” w)
    19. Hiroshima Peace Memorial (23.25” h x 23.25” w)
    20. Battle of Midway (19.25” h x 25.25” w)
    21. Pearl Harbor (20.25” h x 25.25” w)
    22. American Battleship (11.25” h x 15.25” w)
    23. Hiroshima (12.25” h x 11.25” w)
    24. World Trade Center 1 (40.25” h x 18.25” w)
    25. World Trade Center 2 (16.25” h x 12.25” w)
    26. World Trade Center 3 (13.25” h x 13.25” w)
    27. Tule Lake 1 (15.25” h x 18.25” w)
    28. Tule Lake 2 (23.25” h x 40.25” w)
    29. Tule Lake 3 (23.25” h x 18.25” w)
    30. Tule Lake 4 (13.25” h x 18.25” w)

    Installation information

    The graphic panel is backed in lightweight 3/8-inch sintra board, and can be hung from the wall using velcro tabs. The framed works can be hung by drilling screws into the wall and hanging the frames on the screws. A printed copy of the labels for your use is provided for reproduction and mounting.
     

    Additional Resources

    The Cats of Mirikitani 

     

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