The Visual Arts Museum is opening a new exhibition of photography, entitled “The American Dream: Migrant Workers in America Today.” The show features black-and-white photographs made by alumnus Mark Paris (BFA 1998 Photography; MFA 2000 Photography and Related Media), documenting several Long Island communities of migrant workers and the American nationals who demonstrated against illegal aliens. Through privileged access to private gatherings over many months, Paris captures the emotional landscape of often overlooked but tightly-knit communities. He followed both migrants and American nationals from the street corners, parking lots and other public spaces where they face off, to the places where they work and live. The resulting images put a human face on the national debate over immigration policy. The final photos appearing in “The American Dream” were selected by celebrated photographer Mary Ellen Mark.
The exhibition will be on view at the Visual Arts Museum, 209 East 23rd Street, February 3 – March 8, with a reception on Monday, February 5, 6 – 8pm.
Image: Mark Paris, Day Laborer 8, 2006.