Some of the Henry Art Gallery’s permanent collection will make an appearance on an episode of History Detectives to air Friday, June 24th. Join us for a free special screening of the PBS show in the Henry Auditorium at 7-8pm. Host Wes Cowan also visits Seattle’s Museum of Flight in this episode.
The segment is called “The World War II Leaflet.” Parts of it were filmed at the Henry Art Gallery, which holds some of those wartime leaflets – intended to convince the Japanese to end their war effort – in its permanent collections.
The artist in question is Frances Blakemore (1906-1997), who graduated from the UW (after 10 years of study) with a degree in painting, sculpture and design in 1935 and traveled to Japan to teach art and English. Fascinated by Japanese life, she chronicled her experiences in art and writing. She leftJapanas war was coming in 1940 and spent the rest of the war years inHonolulu.
In 1996 the Blakemore Foundation donated more than 300 objects to the Henry, including Japanese prints, textiles, stencils and ceramics as well as some of the propaganda leaflets. Among the donations are 26 Blakemore prints, which are viewable through the Henry’s online collection search.
The Henry is so excited about this upcoming appearance on History Detectives that some of us can’t get a certain Elvis Costello tune out of our heads….and we’ve decided we must share this with all of you. Enjoy!