The Golden Door: Artist-Immigrants of America, 1876–1976
May 20–Oct 20, 1976
This exhibition included 204 works by 67 foreign-born painters, sculptors, architects, and photographers and celebrated the fact that in the past century, the US offered sanctuary to the world’s immigrants and refugees and that, in turn, artist-immigrants have made major contributions to our cultural heritage. Among the major works and artists displayed were Battle of Lights, Coney Island, Mardi Gras by Joseph Stella; Rush Hour, New York by Max Weber; The Artist and His Mother by Arshile Gorky; The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti by Ben Shahn; Hollywood Torso by Alexander Archipenko; documentation of the Black Mountain College Project by Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer; Flight and Arrival by Jacques Lipchitz; New York City I by Piet Mondrian; The Beginning by Max Beckmann; The Meeting by Richard Lindner; and Land of Bliss and Wonder, California, by Hans Hofmann. The works were both drawn from the Hirshhorn collection and loaned by other museums and private collections nationwide.