Tacoma, WA – September 13 is the last day to see Seattle native Roger Shimomura’s An American Knockoff, featuring 53 paintings and prints, at Tacoma Art Museum. Also closing on the 13th, Partners in Northwest Art: Selections from the Aloha Club Collection at TAM. Take advantage of the end of summer and Labor Day weekend and see these works before they’re gone. It is also the last few days for the Blue Star Museums program, providing free admission for active-duty military and their families.
Shimomura’s style combines his childhood love of comic books and interest in American pop art with the traditions of Japanese woodblock prints, resulting in a contemporary American presentation that references his Japanese ancestry. His vibrant art conveys messages about politics, identity, racism, and stereotypes.
An American Knockoff reflects Shimomura’s experience of commonly being presumed a foreigner in his own country and culture. Two major life events strongly influenced the artist’s work: his family’s incarceration at Minidoka Relocation Center, and his move from diverse New York to the Midwest, where he faced frequent race-related questions and presumptions.
The Aloha Club is a Tacoma institution first organized as a women’s study club in 1892. The club focused on promoting the cultural life of the community and fostering the development of Northwest artists. Partners in Northwest Art: Selections from the Aloha Club Collection at TAM includes 21 works and shows how museums build their collections through partnerships with community groups. The exhibition expresses TAM’s gratitude and celebrates The Aloha Club’s longstanding contribution to Northwest art and to the community.
Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff is organized by the Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman. Partners in Northwest Art is organized by Tacoma Art Museum.