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Date: Mar 26, 2012
Hofstra University Museum Original Exhibit Highlights Artistic Contributions by American Immigrant Artists
“Opportunity and Impact: Works by Émigré Artists”
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – The exhibition Opportunity and Impact: Works by Émigré Artists, on view from April 2 through September 9, 2012 in the Hofstra University Museum’s David Filderman Gallery, located in the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, ninth floor, south campus focuses on the ways that major American art movements have been influenced by immigrant artists.
The exhibit includes 24 paintings, photographs, prints and sculpture created by immigrant artists from Europe, Cuba and South America. Opportunity and Impact: Works by Émigré Artists is curated by Hofstra University Museum Collections Manager, Kristy L. Caratzola and features artists such as Josef Albers, Jon Corbino, Andreas Feininger, Aaron Henry Gorson, George Grosz. Louis Lozowick, Gilles Peress, Ben Shahn and Rufino Tamayo. The artists came to America seeking freedom from political oppression, to escape violence and social upheaval, or to find greater opportunity. The works date from the early 20th century to the early 21st century.
“The artistic contributions highlighted in Opportunity and Impact: Works by Émigré Artists provide a glimpse into the significant contributions to American art that have their roots in the cultural backgrounds and lives of artists from other counties who have come to call America home. These artistic voices past and present have enriched and helped define what we know as American Art,” stated Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum Beth E. Levinthal.
This exhibition is a companion to the Museum’s exhibit Yonia Fain: Remembrance, an original retrospective focused on the internationally recognized artist, poet and Holocaust survivor, on view in the Museum’s Emily Lowe Gallery from April 19 to August 3, 2012.
An illustrated checklist with a curator’s statement, as well as a printed “guide to seeing” will accompany the Opportunity and Impact: Works by Émigré Artists exhibition. Additional interpretive educational materials will be available on a touch-screen gallery kiosk.
For more information on this exhibit and associated public programs please call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University website at www.hofstra.edu/museum.
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