WWII Series: Through the Wire with Ruth Asawa

Sat, Sep 26 | 2pm
$30 members | $25 student and youth members
$40 non-members | $35 student and youth non-members

When San Francisco artist Ruth Asawa was interned in a camp for Japanese Americans during World War II, she found hope and inspiration among some of her fellow internees. She befriended and took drawing lessons from interned Disney animators Tom Okamato, Ben Tanaka, and Chris Ishii—a much-needed distraction from the oppression of camp life. After her release, Asawa would go on to become one of the most revered wire sculptors of our time, especially beloved by her adoptive city of San Francisco. In this special talk, hear from her son, Paul Lanier, and writer Marilyn Chase—author of Asawa’s latest biography, Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa (published by Chronicle Books)—as they discuss the effects that World War II, internment, and the artists she met there had on her monumental artistic career.

On-Sale Information

Tickets for WWII Series: Through the Wire with Ruth Asawa will be available as follows:

  • Walt’s Circle Donors: Purchase tickets beginning Monday, May 18 at noon by calling 415.345.6810 or emailing membership@wdfmuseum.org

  • Supporter and Friend-level members: Purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, May 20 at noon by calling 415.345.6810 or emailing membership@wdfmuseum.org

  • All member levels: Purchase tickets online beginning Friday, May 22 at noon

  • Public (non-members): Remaining tickets available online beginning Monday, May 25 at noon

To receive priority access to purchase tickets, you may upgrade your membership. Membership dues and Walt's Circle donations may be paid as monthly installments or as a one-time annual payment. For more information, please email membership@wdfmuseum.org or call the Membership Department at 415.345.6810.

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