17.  March 28 – June 30 2004

FROM EMIGRANT TO IMMIGRANT: Reflections on Coming and Becoming

DESCRIPTION: This exhibition – through objects, ephemera and photographs – looked at the personal stories of immigrant families in an attempt to understand the ramifications of transplanting a family and a way of life from the “Old World” to the “New World”. What is brought with – what is left behind?

The second section of the exhibition consisted of original artwork. The work of Jordan Cassway, Lori Mukai, Ben Langsfeld, and Marlene Adler was created specifically for this exhibition and was funded by the Five County Arts Fund of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Additionally, artists Joan Myerson Shrager, Judy Langsfeld, and Rhea Dennis displayed work with themes of family and heritage that have occupied them for quite some time. These artists are muses of history. By integrating experiences of immigration into their artwork they each created a highly personal way of looking at the commonality of the American story, one that is unique, and uniquely touching. It is one small part of the totality of 350 years of Jewish life in America.

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