Exhibition

El Sueño Americano / The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer

17 Oct 2019 – 8 Mar 2020

Event times

Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 pm

Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Closed Mondays and holidays

Cost of entry

$12 General
$9 Seniors (65 and up), Full-Time Students with ID, and Children over 12
$7 Children 2–12
FREE to Skirball Members and Children under 2

FREE to all on Thursdays

Skirball Cultural Center

Los Angeles
California, United States

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El Sueño Americano / The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer asks us to consider how we treat immigrants as a reflection of who we are and who we want to be as Americans.

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Responding to the dehumanizing treatment immigrants face in detention, Kiefer carefully arranged and photographed objects seized and discarded by border officials—objects deemed “potentially lethal” or “non-essential” among a variety of belongings crucial for sustenance, hygiene, protection, comfort, and emotional strength.

El Sueño Americano / The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer presents a selection of more than one hundred photographs from Kiefer’s ongoing project, along with newly recorded video interviews with the artist and with migrants who have themselves crossed the border. Additional interpretation will outline the history of restrictive immigration policies in the United States and connect visitors with organizations involved in legal and humanitarian aid and advocacy.

Blending documentary and fine art photography, Kiefer’s images are a poignant testament to the hardships of migration and a call to return to human decency in how we treat each other.

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Tom Kiefer

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