50 Front St., Binghamton, NY
Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton announces a timely, new exhibit on immigration and migration. Out of Many – Stories of Migration is a photographic series, featuring the works of five artists (Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson and Annie O’Neill). Each takes a different approach to capture a unique images of the migration story in America.
The people and places featured in this exhibition are from the the Pittsburgh, Pa., area—all converging from around the world to this one place. What brought them here?
Brian Cohen photographs buildings, religious centers, clubs and stores—where people who migrated here would (and still) gather. They serve as living historic markers of migration and finding a sense of place.
“Each building represents in part a community’s effort to assert its adopted American identity while retaining its particular sense of self, be it racial, religious, ethnic, or otherwise,” Cohen writes.
Other works in this series follow families, as in photographs by Scott Goldsmith, which capture a range of first moments coming to and living in America–from driving in a car to turning on a light. Lynn Johnson’s work puts the focus on capturing a single moment when immigrants become citizens.
While viewing the exnibit, Roberson asks that visitors consider in what ways their family’s immigration story relates to the stories featured in this exhibition.
Out of Many – Stories of Migration will be on display from March 11 to May 24 during the museum’s regular business hours at its standard admission fees for non-member adults and children.