New Citizens Reflect on What America Means to Them

May 26 – September 27, 2020


Opening Reception
Friday, June 12, 6 – 8 pm

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” — Emma Lazarus

Sam Comen and Michael Estrin photographed and interviewed dozens of new citizens at two naturalization ceremonies in Los Angeles during February and March of 2017. They asked these newest Americans to tell them how and why they came to this country and to share their American Dreams. The Newest Americans presents rich personal narratives and diverse faces to examine.

This exhibit encourages visitors to see the United States and the immigration process through the eyes of new citizens representing over 20 origin countries.

The Newest Americans, an exhibition from Sam Comen and Michael Estrin, is produced in partnership with The California Museum and traveled by Exhibit Envoy.