Immigration Exhibition Opens in Chicago Museum

The exhibit “A Declaration of Immigration” opened this past friday in the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

The collection challenges the current U.S. Immigration policy and draws attention to the need for immigration reform.

The approximately 100 pieces — paintings, photographs, sculptures, quilts and artifacts — run the gambit of the immigrant experience.

Quilts tell the story of Hmong immigrants. Photographs show a Korean family’s appreciation of Elvis and soccer. A retablo of carved figurines depicts the harrowing journeys some immigrants make to arrive in the U.S.

A window washer dressed as Spiderman scales a building. A nanny clad as Cat Woman attends to children. A pizza delivery man wearing Superman garb rides a bike with pies in the basket.

The humorous photographs by Mexican artist Dulce Pinzon depict real immigrant workers in their everyday jobs. But the images also proclaim them as super heroes who work grueling hours to make a better life for their families.

The museum’s president, Carlos Tortolero, noted:

“Immigration affects the whole world,” he said. “Immigrants are human beings who live in this country and contribute to this country. To be pro-America, you have to be pro-immigrant.”

The Exhibition will run through September 7th.

Click here to read the full article from the Chicago Tribune.

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