A friend of mine sent me this photo of an exhibit she saw at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Boston. I wanted to learn more about the artist and this work so I wrote to the museum and they responded immediately with the information I requested.
The artist is Yinka Shonibare MBE and this installation is a celebration of the diversity of the American population.
The books are covered in the artist's signature Dutch wax printed cotton textiles and on many of the spines, printed in gold, are the names of people who immigrated to America. Also included are descendants of immigrants who have made major contributions to America including: W. E. B. Du Bois, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Steve Jobs, Bruce Lee, Ana Mendieta, Joni Mitchell, Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, Steven Spielberg, Carl Stokes, Donald Trump and Tiger Woods.
I wonder what Donald Trump would think, being included in this list given his anti-immigrant policies!
Unfortunately, this exhibit has closed in Boston but will be traveling to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Cantor Arts Center at Stamford University.
I wish it would come to Denver!