Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Immigrants: Graphic Images from the Funen Workshop | Gallery 2

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11 | 7:00 – 10:00pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 12 | 12:00 noon
May 11 – June 23, 2007

Immigration: it is the hot-button topic of our time. It touches on social, economic and cultural issues. Whether it’s refugees fleeing the genocide in Darfur, Iraqis seeking asylum from their war-torn country or Mexicans crossing the U.S. border to find work, immigration has global impact. And everyone has an opinion about it. For this reason, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is proud to present Immigrants: Graphic Images From the Funen Workshop, on view May 11 – June 23, 2007. Organized by the Funen Graphic Workshop and The Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, Iowa, this exhibition features works that address immigration and the experiences immigrants share when crossing and transcending borders. An Opening Reception takes place Friday, May 11, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. A catalogue with an introduction by Søren Møller, President of the Danish Cultural Institute headquartered in Copenhagen, also accompanies Immigrants, and Dr. John Mark Nielsen, the Executive Director of The Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, Iowa, gives a Gallery Talk on Saturday, May 12, at 12:00 noon.

The Funen Graphic Workshop, located on Funen, Denmark’s second largest island, is one of the world’s premier print shops. 250 artists from seventeen different countries create work here that, although culturally and stylistically diverse, is unified by a spirit artistic excellence. For Immigrants, eighty of the workshop’s artists relied on their own experiences, insights and interpretations to address what it means to be an immigrant in contemporary society. Some dealt with the difficulties and challenges that confront immigrants. Others focused on the tensions that arise between the desire to preserve the heritage and traditions of the home country against the pressure and need to assimilate into the new society. Although these artists utilized only the three main print techniques of lithography, woodcut and intaglio, they all produced astonishingly varied results, with prints ranging from the figurative and representative to the wholly abstract. From Kirsten Svenstrup’s migrating black birds to Ole Folmer Hansen’s bifurcated rectangles, the prints on view in Immigrants all underscore the vast and varied experiences confronting immigrants in the twenty-first century.

Transportation of the exhibit from Denmark and within the United States has been generously provided by Leman USA.

Sponsors: Clark Creative Group, The Danish Immigrant Museum, Elk Horn, IA, Nebraska Arts Council, Omaha Steaks, Upstream Brewing Co.

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