Opening Reception: Saturday, October 14 from 3pm to 6pm
We are all of us immigrants, crossing borders and calling the new place home. We move through time. We have left the past and, though the present may be new to us, unfamiliar and foreign, we adapt to it. Many in our mobile society have moved to new places. We are challenged to make a home in new communities, new landscapes, new cities. We may feel like outsiders for years, and are sometimes treated like outsiders. Many of us have actually crossed international borders to become naturalized citizens in our new country, changing our identity and loyalty, adapting our ways while trying to preserve the best of the old. Most of us have ancestors who immigrated. And even us natives, we who have lived here for generations and have no interest in moving, we too are challenged to adapt as the place we knew changes.
These are some of the themes explored in the art exhibit We The Immigrants at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. The artists are not expected to color inside the lines. Borders will be crossed, new situations explored, old idioms set in new environments, histories recounted and reinterpreted.
Pursuing the theme of immigration, we, the members of the Washington Printmakers Gallery, have invited guest artists to exhibit their work side-by-side with our work.
Exhibiting artists include:
- Lila Asher
- Cynthia Back
- Sally Canzoneri
- Rosemary Cooley
- Michael Hagan
- Pauline Jakobsberg
- Karin Lithell
- Dave Mann
- Jane Mann
- Ron Meick
- Nina Muys
- Rosalie O’Donnell
- Peggy Parker
- Carolyn Pomponio
- Marta Sanchez
- Danny Schweers
- Kanika Sitcar
- Matina Marki Tillman
- Blaise Tobia
- Leigh Vogel
- Ellen Winkler
- Max-Karl Winkler
- Helen Zughaib
Cynthia Back’s print Reason for Leaving: famine; Country: Ireland, of a field of blackened potatoes, references her 1840’s Irish ancestors forced to emigrate from Ireland.
After her husband died, Pauline Jakobsberg wanted to commemorate his life by delving into the tragic ends of so many of his relatives in the Holocaust. Wolfy, her husband, was lucky to escape to Bolivia and then to the US where he immigrated years ago. Pauline’s work is full of sorrow and demonstrates that even a small object, like a handkerchief, can carry great significance.
Dave Mann shows prints that reflect on his grandfathers who were first and second generation immigrants from Sweden and Germany and the hard work involved in setting up lives as Americans.
Nina Muys is exhibiting a monoprint. She lived in Brazil when she was 5. Her grandfather gave her a Teddy bear for Christmas named Beppo. He had velvety paws and arms and legs that you could rotate. Her parent’s marriage broke up and Beppo followed her to Austria and Germany. At 16 she immigrated to America and Beppo sat in her lap where he comforted her on the long journey to the unknown. Beppo has lost an eye, his velvet paws are bare, his straw stuffing is poking out here and there but he is still sitting in her room and is much loved by her granddaughters.
Margaret Adams Parker is a printmaker and sculptor whose works often deal with religious and social justice themes. Marta Sanchez, St. Joseph University, Philadelphia was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is deeply inspired by traditional Mexican folk art expressions. Her works on paper are mostly linocuts and monotypes, which follow the social and cultural traditions of Mexican and Chicano/a Art. Marta has been working on a series of paintings of the San Antonio train yards near her childhood home. Through these paintings, she explores the role of trains in the Mexican migration through the Southern Pacific Carpas.
Kanika Sircar, Ceramic Artist is a native of eastern India now living in the United States. Her Rg Veda wall tiles playfully juxtapose hymns of the invaders of Northern India with maps of Mars, the cosmic imaginings of bards as they looked at the night sky.
Blaise Tobia, Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, has made his Sicilian heritage part of his subject matter. Over the years he has traveled extensively in Sicily to document the festivals, architecture, and landscape of the island. They stand as single images and feature in photographic books.
Leigh Vogel, President, Women Photojournalists of Washington is a photographer whose work documents immigration. Recent work of hers focused on orphaned children in Lesotho.
- Thursday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm
- Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
The exhibition is located at Washington Printmakers Gallery at 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For more information, visit https://www.washingtonprintmakers.com/.