Binghamton, NY—Roberson Museum and Science Center is pleased to announce a timely, new exhibition centering on immigration and migration is now on view. Out of Many – Stories of Migration is a photography series featuring the work of five artists (Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson, and Annie O’Neill). Each takes a different approach in capturing a unique piece of the migration story in America.
The people and places featured in this exhibition live in 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, 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, like the 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.
We all came from somewhere. Roberson asks that visitors consider in what way their family’s immigration story relates to the stories featured in this exhibition. We all have a history of forging identities and finding out what it means to be an American.
Out of Many – Stories of Migration will be up from March 11 – May 24, 2020.