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Healing Nature: Gardens and Art of Manzanar with photographs by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Toyo Miyatake

Ansel Adams, Pool in Pleasure Park, Manzanar, 1943, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs

With a selection of documentary work by three leading twentieth-century photographers, the exhibition will provide a visual exploration of the healing power of Japanese gardens and art in the lives of internees at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II. These elaborately designed gardens were created under the harshest of conditions to provide a life-affirming sense of peace, while arts and crafts provided therapeutic support against devastating adversity. Works created by internees will be exhibited along with the photographs to bring the story of this important chapter of Japanese American history to life.