Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters: Two academy evening talks explore photography’s rolse as witness

Contact: Jason A. Smith, communications director, 608.263.1692 x21 or Jody Clowes, James Watrous Gallery exhibitions manager, 608-265-2500

MADISON—Two upcoming events hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters explore how the photographic record shapes our understanding of current and historical events.

The Photography of Witness, a panel discussion with Wisconsin photographers Michael Kienitz, Kevin Miyazaki, and Craig Schreiner, will be held from 7-8:30 pm on Thursday, March 27, in the Wisconsin Studio, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street, Madison. The panelists will discuss their own work and reflect on the way photographs can document conflict, capture a cultural landscape, and share the human experience. From capturing war-torn environments and sites scarred by the past to the daily struggles of Wisconsin farm families, these photographers will share a wealth of experience and stories that go well beyond the camera lens.

Camp Home: Documenting the Japanese American Internment Camps, paired talks by photographer Kevin Miyazaki and University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee historian Jasmine Alinder, will be held from 7–8:30 pm on Thursday, April 3, at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 W. Mifflin Street, Madison. Miyazaki will share his own photographic series Camp Home, documenting the current state of the barracks where Japanese Americans were held during World War II. Many of these buildings were subsequently occupied by returning veterans as part of a government-sponsored homesteading effort. Alinder will discuss the way wartime photographs taken by incarcerees themselves, as well as those commissioned by the federal government, have shaped our understanding of the Japanese American experience in the camps. This event is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

Presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters in conjunction with the James Watrous Gallery exhibition Kevin Miyazaki: Camp Home, both events are free and open to the public with online advance registration. Please visit our website at www.wisconsinacademy.org and register in advance to ensure adequate seating for all guests.

Support for the Kevin Miyazaki: Camp Home exhibition and these related events is provided in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin; Dane Arts; Doubletree Hotel-Madison; the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs; and the members of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.

About the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters

The nonprofit Wisconsin Academy brings people together at the intersection of the sciences, arts, and letters to inspire discovery, illuminate creative work, and foster civil dialogue on important issues. We connect Wisconsin people and ideas for a better world. For more information on our programs, or to become a member of the Wisconsin Academy and support great programs like these, please visit www.wisconsinacademy.org.