On Display: Curating 75 Years of Japanese-American Incarceration

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 5:30pm

Lecture by Craig Hadley, Director and Curator of Exhibitions and University Collection, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Oder 9066 resulted in the mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast. This lecture introduces the Japanese-American internment experience through the critical lens of the museum exhibition. How has our nation’s most trusted source for information – the museum – shaped the way we encounter, process, and ultimately acknowledge the past and the living present? How did mass media respond to these public revisions and re-representations of history and justice? Historical and contemporary artists, along with a number of regional and national exhibitions, will further frame the conversation and provide avenues for connection to the current political discourse in the U.S.

Craig Hadley is Director/Curator with the rank of Assistant Professor at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He oversees the recently accredited University Galleries & Collections, which serves as a hub for undergraduate teaching and research. Hadley also regularly teaches independent studies, introductory museum workshops, and reading topics in museum studies. Prior to his tenure at DePauw University, he held various curatorial, education, and collection roles at Beloit College, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Indiana State Museum, and the Missouri History Museum.