Breman Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, ‘TERRA in FIRMA’

Breman Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, ‘TERRA in FIRMA’

“Our world is a sacred place. It is the basis for our existence. Taking care of our earth is our primary responsibility, and human beings must act to keep it healthy and to insure its survival. This exhibition is a call to action by artists, who are expressing the present condition and problems of today’s environment. These artists are sounding the alarm, asking viewers to slow or reverse climate change and global warming, as we preserve our world. The artists examine social and political issues, including environmental contamination, rising global temperatures, oil leaks, polluted water, piles of trash, and the disappearance of bees. In response social distancing requirements because of the COVID 19, the exhibition is now presented, online at www.thebreman.org.” Images and accompanying text are remarkable!

MUSEUMS AND MIGRATION

MUSEUMS AND MIGRATION

This site asks and answers these questions: How have museums reacted in the last years to migration? Have they silently observed from the “outside” (if there is an outside) or taken part in the debate, invited specialists, curated exhibitions, invented new forms of mediation, re-written their texts, created space for inclusion, co-designed with the protagonists? The wonderfully organized site contains numerous examples of immigration/migration history exhibits from around the world and also contains a lively blog discussing museums and immigration. There are also links to immigration exhibits and galleries from over twenty countries.

American Writers Museum, ‘My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today’

American Writers Museum, ‘My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today’

American Writers Museum, ‘My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today’ is a special exhibit honoring and exploring the work of contemporary immigrant and refugee writers in America. The exhibit and related program series explores the influence of modern immigrant and refugee writing in America on our culture, history, and daily lives. The curating team includes Marie Arana, Ilan Stavans, Vu Hoang Tran, Chris Abani, Laila Halaby, Dipika Mukherjee, and special advisor Viet Thanh Nguyen. ‘My America’ gives visitors and students a deep and personal experience, bringing them face-to-face — both through videos and in person — with contemporary authors who are immigrants, refugees, and second generation immigrants from all parts of the world, and is designed to elicit thoughtful dialogue on a wide variety of issues.

Minneapolis Institute of Art, ‘When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Art and Migration’

Minneapolis Institute of Art, ‘When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Art and Migration’

Minneapolis Institute of Art, ‘When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Art and Migration’ Site includes a virtual video tour, as Gabriel Ritter, Curator and Head of Contemporary Art, talks about works in and related to the exhibition. About the exhibition: “By choice or by force. With great success or great struggle. People move or are uprooted, for many reasons. The world is currently witness to the highest levels of movement on record; the United Nations estimates that one out of every seven people is an international or internal migrant or refugee. Borrowing its title from Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, ‘When Home Won’t Let You Stay’ highlights the diverse artistic responses to migration, ranging from personal stories to poetic meditations in a range of mediums.”

Museum of Modern Art, NYC, ‘Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Culture’

Museum of Modern Art, NYC, ‘Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Culture’

Museum of Modern Art, NYC, ‘Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Culture’ online exhibits. It includes: Citizens and Borders, a series of discrete projects at MoMA related to works in the collection that offer a critical perspective on histories of migration, territory, and displacement; and, Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter explores the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies.

The Migration Museum, Great Britain

The Migration Museum, Great Britain

The Migration Museum, Great Britain, explores how the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has made us who we are – as individuals and as a nation. The site contains ‘100 Images of Migration’ a collection of diverse images by professional and amateur photographers that together tell a compelling story about what migration means to people across the UK. There is as well ‘Room to Breathe,’ an immersive exhibition inviting you to discover stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain. Journey through a series of rooms in which hundreds of personal stories are brought to life in creative and unexpected ways.

The Immigration Museum, Australia

The Immigration Museum, Australia

Among exhibits at the online site is one that discusses settling into a new country. Immigrants have to adapt to an unfamiliar environment and lifestyle, while maintaining aspects of their previous culture and way of life. Many newcomers to Victoria spent their new lives in limbo, spending months in temporary migrant accommodation, committed to two year labor contracts. For others, settlement has been far easier because they spoke English, or government had offered assistant land or home scheme. Generations of immigrants have had to adapt to a new climate, new landscape, new language, new currency, and new lifestyle, especially those who have settled in rural areas. There are numerous first-person, generational accounts here.