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A Declaration of Immigration

July 4 – September 7, 2008

A Declaration of Immigration is a contemporary exhibition that depicts many of the experiences and viewpoints within U.S. immigrant communities. The works of over 70 artists will help visitors to better understand this complex issue by providing immigrant perspectives that are seldom included in the national debate. As a vital part of the democratic process, artists and community based institutions play a critical role in any civic dialogue or struggle for social justice. This exhibition will launch the National Museum of Mexican Art’s three-year commitment to immigrant-centered programs.

Participating Artists

Jaishri Abichandani, David Avalos, Margarita Cabrera, Alma Carrillo, Charlie Carrillo, Victor Cartagena, Juan Angel Chavez, Javier Chavira, Juan & Ricardo Compean, Carlos Cortez (1923-2005), Miguel Cortinas, Ana Laura de la Garza, Jamex & Einar de la Torre, Eduardo de Soignie, Alejandro Diaz, Fidencio Duran, Jose Esquivel, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Carlos Fresquez, Eric J. García, Edgar Heap of Birds, Patrick “Pato” Hebert, Esther Hernández, Nicholas Herrera, Anni Holm, Benito Huerta, Luis Jimenez Jr. (1940-2006), Nicario Jimenez, Hee Jin Kang, Betty Lee, Samella Lewis, Yolanda Lopez, Juan Carlos Macías, Noelle Mason, Delilah Montoya, Malaquías Montoya, Dominique Moody, Julio Cesar Morales, Oscar Moya, Adrian Paci, Josue Pellot, Tony Perez, Dulce Pinzon, Salvador Pizarro, Alfred Quiroz, Fanny Rabel, Favianna Rodriguez, Roberto Rosique, Marianne Sadowski, Hector Silva, Khoua Thao, Consuelo J. Underwood, Vincent Valdez, Carmilla Valdivia, Kathy Vargas, Mario Ybarra Jr.

Participating Institutions

Arab American National Museum, Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Cambodian American Heritage Museum, Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, DANK-HAUS German Cultural Center, Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, Hmong Archives, Indo-American Heritage Museum/Indo-American Center, Irish American Heritage Center, Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Polish Museum of America, The Society of Danube Swabians of Chicago, Swedish American Museum Center, Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago


Cesáreo Moreno

Organizing Institution

National Museum of Mexican Art

Displayed at

National Museum of Mexican Art Main Gallery, Rubin & Paula Torres Gallery and Kraft Gallery