Sunday, September 26, 2010

"The Tag Project" Coming To Cookeville

Contemporary furniture designer Wendy Maruyama will visit Tennessee Tech University on October 4th and 5th with her work-in-progress, "The Tag Project." Officials say the project is an effort to recognize the 120,000 mostly Japanese-Americans who were confined to internment camps in 1942. The San Diego, Calif.-based artist created the project after attending a memorial service several years ago for the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment, a unit that fought in Europe during World War II and consisted primarily of Japanese-American men. Alongside other Japanese-Americans, these men's families were consigned to U.S. internment camps by Executive Order 9066 after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. "The Tag Project" is a hands-on activity in which Maruyama is attempting to write the names of each individual sent to a camp on a tag. Maruyama's primary activity on campus will take place in the lobby of the Bryan Fine Arts Building from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Participants will help Maruyama in her exhibit by making the tags to represent each individual who was sent to the camps. Maruyama's public lecture about "The Tag Project" will be held in Room 215 of Prescott Hall at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5.