‘Accused of No Crime’ Exhibit at Glendale Library


Co-curated by Ara and Anahid Oshagan, the exhibit examines a massive civil rights violation committed in our own backyard by our own government — the “crimeless” imprisonment by the U.S. government of 120,000 men,women, and children of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

The artists in “Accused of No Crime” reflect on the historical context of the incarceration and consider its impact today. The exhibit weaves a deeply personal narrative of this dark history through art, archive, installation, and documentary film to highlight the stories of interned families and showcase artists who are descendants.

Featured artists are Masumi Hayashi, Mona Higuchi, Paul Kitagaki and Kevin Miyazaki. The exhibit includes archival images by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Clem Albers in addition to a ReflectSpace-commissioned documentary by filmmaker Avo Kambourian about the Glendale-based Yamada family, who were incarcerated at Poston in Arizona.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Children’s Room closes at 8 p.m.); Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.

Opening reception on Friday, June 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.