March 14

Claudia Alvarez: History of Immigration

Metropolitan Community College Gallery of Art & Design, 204th & Dodge

Lecture 4-5p.m., reception 5-7p.m., exhibition through April 9

Known for her almost life-size ceramic sculptures of children and emotive figurative paintings, artist Claudia Alvarez explores her own thoughts on immigration and the human condition in History of Immigration. Alvarez, who immigrated to California with her family at age three, will show many works that have never been seen by the Omaha community before, like her ceramic “Shoes,” an array of single child’s shoes installed throughout the gallery, alongn with other ceramic and watercolor pieces utilizing the youth figure.  “The exhibition is not an attempt to describe, explain, or tell the story of the history of immigration, rather its intention is to open a more intimate dialogue to question, respond to, and re‐look at immigration in groups of people throughout the world,” Alvarez said. The artist spent most of her life in California until she came to Omaha for a residency at Bemis Center in 2005; she now splits her time between Omaha and New York City.

Sally Deskins

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