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Beyond Manzanar
New Media

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Tamiko and Zara Thiel and Houshmand (1957 - )

Object Type: New Media
Medium and Support: Virtual reality installation
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Lipman Family Foundation
Accession Number: 2002.06

Almost Human: Digital Art from the Permanent Collection, September 22, 2019 - September 27, 2020, New Wing, First Floor, Gibson Family Gallery,San José Museum of Art.

Visual Politics: The Art of Engagement
, November 20, 2005 - March 5, 2006, New Wing, First Floor, Gibson Family Gallery and Plaza Gallery, San José Museum of Art. Circulated to: Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington, DC, April 9-July 29, 2006.

Collection Highlights, November 2, 2002 - September 12, 2004, New Wing, Gibson Family Gallery and Plaza Gallery, First Floor, San José Museum of Art.

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Visual Politics: The Art of Engagement (2005-2006)

Beyond Manzanar is an interactive virtual reality environment that explores the way the U.S. government has repeatedly demonized ethnic populations during times of crisis. The artists, who are Japanese American and Iranian American, provide the viewer with a glimpse of internment experiences during World War II and the subsequent mistreatment of Arab Americans during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-80. Although created before September 11, Beyond Manzanar reminds us that Muslim Americans continue to be unjustly singled out in the wake of ongoing terrorist attacks.

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  • Installed Dimensions: 108 x 192 in. (274.32 x 487.68 cm)

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