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Title
Tanforan Race Track
Creator
Hibi, Hisako
Date Created and/or Issued
8/1/1942
Publication Information
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Contributing Institution
Japanese American National Museum
Collection
Hibi (Hisako) Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Unframed, stretched canvas. Image of dark barracks in center of racetrack, trees circling track and more buildings and mountains in background.
This painting is another view of Tanforan from a bird's-eye perspective. It represents what Hibi probably imagined this scene to look like from a relatively high vantage point, a position beyond the confines of the race track. Hibi entitled this work "Tanforan Race Track" but further added the commentary that "The horse stalls were behind the eucalyptus trees." The scene that Hibi provides the viewer, however, situates the trees behind the horse stalls and not vice versa. Perhaps this reversal of orientation in Hibi's description of the painting suggests the artist's perspective from outside of the camp grounds. The emphasis is on the isolation of the camp, hidden behind a wall of trees. The high horizon line and shallow space of the painting contribute to the cramped feeling of the work.
Type
image
Format
Painting oil on canvas
Form/Genre
painting
Identifier
http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/tf7b69n8vz
96.601.2
Subject
Assembly Centers, Tanforan | barracks | trees | racetrack | mountains

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