The Art of GAMAN: On January 9, 2011, 1pm, HIRO lead a tour of the exhibition, "The Art of GAMAN," at the Smithsonian Renwick Museum, 17th and Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC. The artworks were created by Japanese Americans who were incarcerated into camps in the U.S. during World War II, without due process of law, depriving them of their citizenship rights. Art became the way to counter despair and sorrow. Presented in this show were the paintings, sculpture, craft, and poetry they produced while incarcerated. Many of the art materials were salvaged from scrape heaps, remains from construction of the camps. HIRO's connection to this exhibit was through her series of 35 paintings entitled, “KIMONO & BARBED WIRE: BREAKING BARRIERS,” which she discussed during the tour, with a Q and A session.
Lois Mailou Jones Exhibition: HIRO, of the Women's Caucus For Art, had given a special tour of the art exhibition, “LOIS MAILOU JONES. A Life in Vibrant Color,” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., on Sunday, November 14, 2010. She reminisced experiences and thoughts shared with this world renowned American artist throughout a 20-year friendship from Martha's Vineyard, Haiti, and of course, including Washington, D.C. The paintings are fantastic***** Prof. Jones was a noted educator, having taught painting for 47 years at Howard University. Many of her artworks were inspired by travels to Paris and Africa, as well as issues on the national social-political scene.