A Portrait of Manzanar by Ansel Adams

Award winning exhibit on display at the Knight Law Center at Oregon Law

Aug 24, 2016

The University of Oregon School of Law* proudly welcomes the community to view its latest exhibition at the Knight Law Center, “Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar." This poignant, award-winning exhibit depicts the lives of Japanese Americans interned at the Manzanar Relocation Center in California in 1943. It runs alongside the John E. Jaqua Law Library's other exhibits honoring the life and contributions of Oregon Law alumnus Minoru Yasui, and is part of a four-part series of events related to Yasui and the experience of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Yonehisa Yamagami, electrician, Manzanar Relocation Center, California / photograph by Ansel Adams.

As Michael Upchurch of the Seattle Times described, “'Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar,' composed mostly of black-and-white photographs taken by the legendary American photographer in late 1943, acknowledges the prejudices and fears that led the U.S. government to confine American citizens and legal immigrants of Japanese ethnicity behind barbed wire." The exhibit is on loan from the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and can be viewed through mid-October. 

On September 8, the Oregon Law Alumni Association presents a conversation and reception with Prof. Lauren Kessler author of the Oregon Book Award-winning biography of Yasui and his family, "Stubborn Twig."

September 9, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics will host director Holly Yasui as she presents a screening of the first part of the documentary film, "Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice." Both events are free and open to the public, and will be held at the Knight Law Center.

Finally, Minoru Yasui will be honored with the John E. Jaqua Distinguished Alumnus Award, along with Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum at the Law Alumni Reception and Awards Dinner on the evening of Sept. 9. This is a ticketed event to be held at the Knight Law Center.

More information about these and other events occurring during Alumni Weekend can be found at Law.UOregon.edu/explore/Alumni-Weekend. The Knight Law Center is located at 1515 Agate St., Eugene, Ore.


* This article was corrected on Oct. 3, 2016 to reflect that "Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar" is a standalone exhibit of the School of Law.