El Sueño Americano/The American Dream

  February 4 - May 23, 2019

Public Program

5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Artist Talk with Tom Kiefer

Reception to follow

Free & open to the public

El Sueño Americano/The American Dream features 59 photographs by Arizona-based artist Tom Kiefer depicting everyday objects carried by migrants detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Considered non-essential by U.S. Customs and Border Control and thus discarded, these personal belongings–from gloves to rosaries and wallets to water bottles–were valued by their owners for their utilitarian, spiritual, or sentimental value. In Kiefer's graphically striking photographs, these items serve as traces of individual stories that humanize the current migrant crisis.

Also on view:
Migration Stories: Selections from the UMBC Photography Collections

  February 4 - May 23, 2019

Lewis Hine
Evelyn Casey, 1916
Gelatin silver print
The Photography Collections, UMBC, Accession no. P4193

Drawn from UMBC’s collections, this exhibition features some twenty photographs that address human migration from a variety of perspectives. The installation explores the role of photography in shaping the public image of this issue and in conveying individual narratives of translocation and displacement.

The presentation of these exhibitions is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Libby Kuhn Endowment Fund, as well as individual contributions.