Open Dialogue: Migration & Museums

  • The Commons
    Second Floor, East Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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A person at the side of the road holds up a large, lime-green fabric sign that reads "I AM AN IMMIGRANT I CAME HERE TO TAKE YOUR JOB BUT YOU DON'T HAVE ONE!"
  1. Long A person stands on the shoulder of a rural highway. They hold up at arms-length a lime-green banner reading "I AM AN IMMIGRANT I CAME HERE TO TAKE YOUR JOB BUT YOU DON'T HAVE ONE!" in large, black type. The words "but you don't have one" are underlined for emphasis. The fabric of the banner is half the person's size and conceals their upper torso, leaving only their jeans and black shoes visible.
Protest Banner Lending Library, a project by Aram Han Sifuentes in collaboration with Verónica Casado Hernández, Ishita Dharap, and Tabitha Anne Kunkes
Photo: Roberto Sifuentes


In partnership with the Chicago Community Trust and the citywide On the Table event, this open dialogue invites cultural thinkers and visitors to consider the ways that artists migrate through systems, borders, and geopolitical lines. Invited participants include Xóchitl Bada, associate professor of the Latin American and Latinos Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Cesareo Moreno, Chief Curator from the National Museum of Mexican Art; and Aram Han Sifuentes, an artist who uses her work to speak to topics of institutions and migrant communities.

Programs in the Commons are coauthored and designed by Chicago community groups and the MCA's Partnerships and Engagement Liaison Gibran Villalobos.