The Art of Gaman


In 2006, the artifacts featured in Delphine’s book The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942–1946 were turned into a traveling exhibition, with Delphine as curator and organizer.  To date, it has been viewed by nearly a half million people.


Note: Delphine is always interested in seeing artifacts made in the Japanese American internment camps during World War II. To contact her, please email a photograph of the object(s), with a brief bio of the artist and the camp where interned.


Selected media  interviews and articles:

NPR Books
The Creative Art of Coping in Japanese Internment

Smithsonian Eye Level
A Year of Gaman: 5 Questions with Curator Delphine Hirasuna

History Detectives
Episode 906, Story 1: Japanese Carved Cane

The Rafu Shimpo
"The Art of Gaman" draws huge crowds at Tokyo museum
and is viewed by the emperor and empress.

Japanese-American Internment Camp Art

National Parks Conservation Association
The Art of Gaman

Japanese American National Museum
The Art of Gaman: Enduring the Seemingly Unbearable
with Patience and Dignity

Delphine Hirasuna: The Art of Gaman

American Craft Council
Beauty in a Bleak World

Stars & Stripes
Okinawa: Art sheds light on spirit of Japanese-American POWs

WTTW: Chicago Tonight
The Art of Gaman

Voice of America
Art by Japanese-American Detainees During World War Two
Shows Their Struggle and Humanity

Current Venue

Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue, WA • July 3, 2014 – October 14, 2014

Future Venue

Houston Holocaust Museum
Houston, TX • January 29, 2015 – May 31, 2015

Past Venues

California Museum
Sacramento, CA • January 2014 – May 2014

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
Hiroshima, JP • July – September 2013

The Urasoe Art Museum
Okinawa, JP • June 2013

Sendai Mediatheque
Sendai, JP • May 2013

Fukushima, JP • February 9 – March 2013

The University Art Museum &
University of the Arts

Tokyo, JP • November 2012 – December 2012

International Folk Art Museum
Santa Fe, NM • July 2012 – October 2012

Breman Museum
Atlanta, GA • February 2012 – May 2012

Illinois Holocaust Museum
Skokie, IL • September 2011 – January 2012

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery

Washington D.C. • March 2010 – January 2011

The William Benton Museum
Storrs, CT • January 2008 – March 2008

Oregon Historical Society
Portland, OR • October  2007 – January 2008

Museum of Craft and Folk Art
San Francisco, CA • November 2006 – March 2007