Oct. 6, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 will host an Artist Talk with Setsuko Winchester and her husband, Simon Winchester, on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., as part of the “Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project” exhibition, on display in MCLA Gallery 51 through Nov. 19.
The Artist Talk, which will take place in MCLA’s Design Lab at 49 Main St., is free and open to the public. A question and answer session will follow the Winchesters’ presentation.
At this event, the Winchesters will share their experiences of traveling over 16,000 miles to the sites of 10 Japanese internment camps – which forced the removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II – across America as well as explore the historical, social, and political intersections of her work.
According to Arthur De Bow, curator at MCLA Gallery 51, “Setsuko Winchester’s work is wonderfully crafted, rich in emotion and personal voice, visually effective, thought provoking, and a successful melding of artistic intent, history, and its effect both then and now.”
The “Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project” in MCLA Gallery 51 marks the first show of the entire series of photographs created for the project, which documents site-based installations of 120 yellow tea bowls made by Winchester to represent the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese-Americans to 10 internment camps in the American West during World War II.
It includes Winchester’s photographs of 120 fragile yellow tea bowls that she traveled with as she visited Japanese internment camps, as well as notable, historical landmarks, across the country.
The public also is invited to join a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall, in the Sammer Dennis Room (218), which will explore the themes of the exhibition, and focus on the parallels between the executive order signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942 and recent immigration orders signed by President Donald Trump.
Born in New York City, N.Y., to Japanese immigrant parents, Setsuko Winchester worked in journalism, finding employment at National Public Radio (NPR) as an editor and producer, as well as on talk shows such as “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation”. Following her journalistic career, she moved to Western Massachusetts to pursue her passion of ceramics and visual art.
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MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC). The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

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