The colorful, almost cartoon-like style of artist Roger Shimomura – a vivid mashup of pop art and Japanese prints — belies the seriousness of his themes. The exhibition “Roger Shimomura: Minidoka on My Mind,” opening Friday, April 5 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art,” confronts viewers with issues of ethnicity, discrimination and racial stereotypes, all informed by the period he was incarcerated in a World War II concentration camp in Minidoka, Idaho.
The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, April 6. In a special event that afternoon,
Shimomura will surveys his paintings, prints, and experimental theatre pieces spanning a 40-year career. With “American Diary,” he will discuss explains how this work has been propelled by various historical and political events, as well as his own physical environment and personal collections ranging from Walt Disney memorabilia to World War II stereotypes of Asian people. Cost for the 2 p.m. event is $15 for members, $20 general.
The museum, located at 551 Broadway, is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults. Children K-12 are admitted free, as are museum members. 939.7862. Svma.org