Silvermine will be closed Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  

This major exhibition examines the complex histories and cultural identities that define and enrich contemporary America.

“I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” is the closing line of Emma Lazarus’s poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty’s plaque welcoming newcomers to the U.S. The sonnet includes the iconic lines “Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. How that language is understood in today’s political and social climate is as varied as the diverse works of art on view.

The Golden Door will illuminate personal and collective experience while also exploring the concept of displacement, the deep divides of our history as a nation, and the enduring idea of the American dream.

This exhibition is made possible by a grant from CT Humanities. Silvermine Arts Center is grateful for their generous support.

 

Curators

Robin Jaffee Frank, Ph.D.
Roger Mudre
Barbara O’Brien

 

Exhibiting Artists
Downtown

Lois Bielefeld & Nirmal Raja

American / South Asian American
Downtown
Color Photograph (archival pigment print)
44 x 60 in
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Sikh Temple of Wisconsin

Lois Bielefeld & Nirmal Raja

American / South Asian American
Sikh Temple of Wisconsin
Color Photograph (archival pigment print)
44 x 60 in
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Milwaukee Women's March

Lois Bielefeld & Nirmal Raja

American / South Asian American
Milwaukee Women's March
Color Photograph (archival pigment print)
44 x 60 in
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Ode to Earth I-VI

Eric Chiang

Taiwanese-American
Ode to Earth I-VI
Oil on canvas
72 x 108 in
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History Repeats Itself

Susan Clinard

American
History Repeats Itself
Wood, ceramic, acrylic
108 x 84 x 30 in
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Damascene Athan Series #3

Mohamad Hafez

Syrian-American
Damascene Athan Series #3
Mixed media, plaster, pigment, found objects
34 x 24 x 8 in
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Baggage # 3

Mohamad Hafez

Syrian-American
Baggage # 3
Plaster, Paint, Antique Suitcase, Found Objects, Rusted Metal, Wood, Persian Carpet, Dried Plants
24 x 12 x 8 in
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Baggage # 7

Mohamad Hafez

Syrian-American
Baggage # 7
Plaster, Paint, Antique Suitcase, Found Objects, Rusted Metal, Wood, Dried Plants
15 x 26 x 22 in
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Walt and Maybe Shelia

Ana Maria Hernando

Argentinian-American
Walt and Maybe Shelia
Embroidered fabric, velvet, felted paper, cotton, giclee on wood, napkin, wallpaper, pins, plastic sponge, dried flowers, fabric, vellum, acrylics on hard book cover
51 x 25 x 2 in
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Bud

Ana Maria Hernando

Argentinian-American
Bud
Felted paper, printmaking inks on paper, paint on tin, cotton, giclee on wood, napkin, pins
47 x 27 x 1.5 in
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David

Ana Maria Hernando

Argentinian-American
David
Velvet, paint on paper, resin, paint on tin, giclee on wood, linen, cotton, wallpaper, pins
50 x 29 x 1.5 in
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Laura

Ana Maria Hernando

Argentinian-American
Laura
Paper, paint, giclee on wood, resin, paint on wood, napkin with inks, wallpaper, pins, tape
49 x 21 x 1.5 in
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Verbs of Sorrow

Ana Maria Hernando

Argentinian-American
Verbs of Sorrow
Velvet, paint on paper, felted paper, giclee on wood, napkin, wool, wallpaper, pins
79 x 45 x 21 in
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Barbara

Ana Maria Hernando

Argentinian-American
Barbara
Embroidered fabric, velvet, felted paper, watercolor on paper, resin, paint on tin, cotton, giclee on wood, napkin, wallpaper, pins
52 x 86 x 1.5 in
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Future Seen

Shantell Martin

English
Future Seen
Ink on canvas. Signed on front, bottom right hand side.
60 x 72 in
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mattoon 5

Debra Priestly

American
mattoon 5
Acrylic, photo transfer, ink, resin on wood
80 x 24 in
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mattoon 15

Debra Priestly

American
mattoon 15
Ink, acrylic, graphite, absorbent ground on birch
36 x 36 x 2 in
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mattoon 16

Debra Priestly

American
mattoon 16
Ink, acrylic, graphite, absorbent ground on birch
36 x 36 x 2 in
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The New Colossus

Rick Shaefer

American
The New Colossus
Charcoal on prepared acetate
116 x 180 in
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American Dream

Sofie Swann

Iranian-American
American Dream
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 in
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Flight to Nowhere

Sofie Swann

Iranian-American
Flight to Nowhere
Acrylic and Persian tea on canvas
48 x 60 in
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Wall Art

Taro Takizawa

Japanese
Wall Art
Vinyl wall installation, site specific
varied in
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Floor Art

Taro Takizawa

Japanese
Floor Art
Relief print trimmed and installed on floor, site specific
varied in
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