Dreams Deferred at Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Monday, 06 Dec 2010


The Chinese American Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument have teamed together to present Dreams Deferred : Artists Respond to Immigration Reform opening this Thursday night, December 9th, in Los Angeles with a special opening reception. Artist in Dreams Deferred include Shepard Fairey, Kofie, Slick, Patrick Martinez, Eriberto Oriol (above), Swank, SharkToof, Eyeone, Ernesto Yerena, and others.

The show runs through May 22, 2011, but one should check it out this weekend.

We want the message to be as clear as possible, so read the press below:

This exhibition will showcase local artists exploring the tensions, repercussions, hopes, and dreams of immigrant communities in the face of new immigration legislation, through a broad spectrum of art including street art, graffiti art, sculptures, painting and multimedia installations.

U.S. immigration laws have long reflected a lasting legacy of racial exclusion starting with the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, the first legislation to restrict immigration based on race and ethnicity. This legacy of immigration legislation targeting immigrant communities has since reemerged in the recent decades with California's Proposition 187,and Arizona's Senate Bill 1070, as attempts at inhibiting the livelihoods of undocumented immigrants.

Dreams Deferred continues the current national dialogue about immigration, kicked-off by the recent opening of CAM's Remembering Angel Island, an exhibition commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the opening of the West Coast's first immigration station. Both exhibitions will serve to shed light on the parallels of past and current immigration policies and reform, and how Los Angeles' diverse immigrant communities collectively share not only their immigrant histories, but also many of the challenges facing new immigrant communities today.

Shepard Fairey & Ernesto Yerena:





Kofie One:





Patrick Martinez:



Shark Toof:


Swank One:


The Chinese American Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument present
Dreams Deferred : Artists Respond to Immigration Reform
December 10, 2010 - May 22, 2011

Opening Reception:
December 9, 2010
6-8:30 PM
Free to the public