Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff

September 19, 2014

This week the Museum of Art at Washington State University opens Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff, a survey exhibition of work by American painter and printmaker Roger Shimomura.  

Shimomura was born in Seattle in 1939 and from an early age experienced the mixed messages that come from being Japanese American. In 1942, he and his family were interned at Camp Minidoka in Hunt, Idaho. This experience laid the foundation for a body of work that explores the sociopolitical issues of being Asian in America. For his series An American Knockoff, Shimomura uses iconic American imagery and colorful pop art style to confront Japanese stereotypes.

Marquand Books produced the 64-page catalogue for An American Knockoff, which was designed by John Hubbard and features more than twenty color illustrations of Shimomura’s work. The book includes an essay on Shimomura and an interview with the artist, both by Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. WSU Museum of Art director Chris Bruce provides the introduction. The book is distributed by the University of Washington Press.

An American Knockoff will be on view at WSU’s Museum of Art through December 13, 2014. To purchase copies of the book, visit the University of Washington Press.


Photography by Jeremy Linden