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Oct. 3-28: Gina Mumma Wenger Photo Exhibit

Exhibit is titled, "What Remains: Photos of the Japanese American Concentration Camps."

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-30-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Gina L. Mumma Wenger, professor of art at Minnesota State Mankato, will display her photos in an exhibit titled “What Remains: Photos of the Japanese American Concentration Camps” from Oct. 3-28 on campus in the CSU Gallery, located on the lower level of Centennial Student Union. An artist’s reception will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 7-9 p.m. in the CSU Gallery.

Wenger’s exhibit is in collaboration with the Minnesota State Mankato Common Read programming for 2016.

As part of the Common Read activities, Wenger will also be leading a book discussion about “When the Emperor was Divine,” by Julie Otsuka, Monday, Oct. 3 from 7-9 p.m. at the Emy Frentz Art Gallery, Twin Rivers Council for the Arts (523 South Second St., Mankato). Wenger will be discussing how the book connects to the research she did that revolved around her Japanese American internment camps.

Wenger, whose interests include the history of art education, curriculum design and feminist pedagogy, has been researching the Japanese American Concentration Camps of WWII since 2006. Her artwork throughout the years has documented the camp spaces as they exist today.

Wenger has photographed the spaces of 10 camps located in Arkansas, California, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho. The photographs are digital infrared exposures printed on large aluminum sheets. Wenger will also create and install 1,000 origami cranes (senbazuro) that will be presented in the space. These cranes are meant to reflect a remembrance of those incarcerated in the documented spaces.

For more information, call the Minnesota State Mankato Department of Art at 507-389-6412. The complete 2016-2017 exhibition schedule, list of artist residencies and lecture series is located at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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