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Local Japanese-American artist Fumi Matusmoto will speak at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum for one of its upcoming “Coffee and Collections” talks.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

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Coffee and collections: The art of Fumi Matsumoto

Local Japanese-American artist Fumi Matusmoto will speak at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum for one of its upcoming “Coffee and Collections” talks.

Matsumoto was born in Japan in 1948. She moved to America in 1952, when she was just four years old. It’s for this reason, she said, that she has “always been influenced by Japanese culture and history.”

Much of her art “reflects the Japanese aesthetic and often the Japanese-American experience.” Her art was featured in the City Museum’s 2014 summer exhibit, The Empty Chair: The Forced Removal & Resettlement of Juneau’s Japanese Community, 1941-1951. The Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisition Fund has enabled the museum to add three mixed media art pieces by Matsumoto to its permanent collection. Those three works will be on display in the museum’s entryway case starting in mid-January. They will remain on display through the end of June 2017.

The talk is Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10:30 a.m. - noon at the city museum. It is free.

Matsumoto will begin her presentation by showing the film “Honor & Sacrifice: The Roy Matsumoto Story,” which relates her father’s experiences in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. After the film, she will discuss her artwork and how it has been influenced by his experiences.