On View August 23, 2019 – November 17, 2019

[A] Portrait of People in Motion is a community focused exhibition that honors migration stories of Americans, both new and long-established culminating in a new installation at New Americans Museum (NAM).

Over the course the yearlong residency NAM Artist-in-Residence Kerianne Quick and NAM invited the residents of San Diego to share meaningful objects related to their story. The resulting exhibition; paints a portrait of our city through objects brought on – or left behind during – an international or domestic migration journey. Quick utilized digital photography, 3D scanning, and 3D printing technology to digitally record and re-create a translucent version of these items of deep significance. These recreations will be on display along with audio recordings of each individual participant’s story. 

The exhibition tells stories through four themes:

Objects Carried documents objects brought on a migration journey and the first-hand story of the person who carried it.

Objects Remembered documents the stories of the things left behind.

Objects of History documents objects carried on a migration journey by a relative, and the second or third-hand stories of ancestors who experienced a migration journey.

Future Objects answers the question “If you had to leave right now, what would you take on your way out the door?”