Apple Orchard, Manzanar Japanese-American Relocation Camp, Owens Valley, California

Object Details

Title:

Apple Orchard, Manzanar Japanese-American Relocation Camp, Owens Valley, California

Artist/Maker(s):

Virginia Beahan (American, born 1946)

and Laura McPhee (American, born 1958)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Owens Valley, California, United States (Place created)

Date:

1995

Medium:

Chromogenic print

Dimensions:

75.3 x 95.3 cm (29 5/8 x 37 1/2 in.)

Copyright:

© Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee

Credit Line:

Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

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Here Beahan and McPhee delve into the landscape as a site of human history and conflict. With the High Sierra as a backdrop, rusty remnants of the Manzanar relocation camp, used to detain Japanese Americans during World War II, occupy the foreground. In the middle ground stand the desiccated trunks of an orchard, part of an 1860s settlement that was abandoned after the land's water was diverted in the 1920s to irrigate Los Angeles. The orchard, in turn, had uprooted a community of Paiute Indians, who had lived there for generations.

Exhibitions
Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection (October 24, 2006 to February 25, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 24, 2006 to February 25, 2007, (Cat. 159)
In Focus: The Landscape (August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009, (Cat.)