December 6th, 2019 – January 18th, 2020
SPOTLIGHTING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF ARTISTS FROM
NEW YORK CITY’S IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts adds to the national dialogue on immigration, bringing in to focus the cultural contributions of new immigrants. With this exhibition, we mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Hart-Celler Immigration and Nationality Act, implemented in 1968, which inaugurated a new era of immigration from Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. What We Bring celebrates the rich layers of creativity, tradition, and increased cultural diversity that the law set in motion, especially in New York City, where 6-in-10 residents are first generation or the children of immigrants.
The thirty-one artists, some widely known, some known primarily in their own communities, span twenty-five countries with artistic disciplines that range from music to cooking, poetry to dance, visual arts to theater. They have brought special skills, knowledge and/or perspectives that inform their contributions to the American patchwork. Their arts are gifts with no strings attached. We invite you to consider their stories, and think about your own and your family’s gifts to the country you call home.
The gallery is open for viewing Fridays 2 – 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 6pm, and by appointment. To schedule a visit outside of regular gallery hours, email Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free and open to the public.