You’re cordially invited
to the Opening of
Oh say, can you see?

Friday, June 16, 2017 / 6:30-8 p.m.
CHARLES KRAUSE/REPORTING FINE ART / 1602 Seventh Street NW  Washington, DC 20001 / 202.638.3612

Joan Belmar (Chile/United States)
Anna Davis (Sweden/United States)
Mikray Pida (China/United States)

The Travel Ban Exhibit

Many of our greatest “American” artists were, in fact, naturalized Americans born abroad. Some, like Mark Rothko and Louise Nevelson, came as children and were trained in the United States. Others, like Hans Hoffman, Willem de Kooning and David Hockney, came as adults, seeing refuge or creative freedom in the United States.

All made major contributions to our “American” culture, as do many foreign-born visual artists today.

We have no way of knowing how many great artists who might have contributed to our culture perished in Europe during World War II because our Govrenment refused to let them enter the United States due to their religion or country of origin.

And if the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban takes effect—denying entry to allMuslims, or all Muslims from certain countries in the “watered down” version—we’ll never know what they might have contributed to our culture, either.

Nor will we ever know how many great artists, from countries whose citizens are not categorically banned, will decide not to immigrate to the United States because they find Trump’s policies repugnant. Or because they feel they’ll always be second-class citizens in an America where only the bigoted, willfully ignorant and/or the 1 percent ever go first.

The three artists whose work will be shown at CK/RFA beginning next Friday—Joan Belmar, Anna Davis and Mikray Pida–all live and work (now) in Washington, having come here from their native countries to create art influenced by the cultures where they grew to maturitybefore Trump and before emigrating to the United States.
Their styles are different. Their art is not necessarily political. Yet each is extremely talented and we benefit greatly from their being here. Please come to see their work and, in that way, thank them—and thousands of other emigre artists like them—for enriching our culture. Let’s just hope they decide to stay.

OPENING June 16th (through mid-August) at CK/RFA


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