The Chinese American Museum (CAM) and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical
Monument is proud to present Dreams Deferred: Artists Respond to Immigration
Reform opening on December 10, 2010. This exhibit 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.

Artists participating in this exhibit include:

Augustine Kofie
Eriberto Oriol
Ernesto Yerena Montejano
Jesus Barraza of Dignidad Rebelde
Joel “” Garcia
John Carlos De Luna
K. Lovich
Oscar Magallanes
Patrick Martinez
Sand One
Shark Toof
Shepard Fairey
O.G. Slick

Also featuring videos by DreamActivist Tam Tran (1982-2010)

Curated by Tim Jieh and Steven Wong

Exhibition Dates:
December 10, 2010 to May 22, 2011

Opening Reception:
December 9, 2010 6:00PM-8:30PM

Chinese American Citizens Alliance
Grand Lodge Friends of the Chinese American Museum Community Redevelopment
Agency of the City of Los Angeles

Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Mid-City Arts
Self Help Graphics
The UCLA Labor Center
Community Partners
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles IDEAS (Improving
Dreams, Equality, Access and Success) at UCLA JACL Pacific Southwest
District Southeast Asian Community Alliance UCLA Asian American Studies

Exhibition Advisors:
Eyeone Viejas Del Mercado

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The Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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