Out of Many - Stories of Migration

Out of Many – Stories of Migration is a photography series featuring the work of five artists, each taking a different approach in capturing what it means to come to America.

The people and places featured in this exhibition all live in the Pittsburgh area–they’ve converged from around the world to this one place. What brought them here?

On view March 18, 2020 – October 25, 2020.

Photographs on display by Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson, and Annie O’Neill.



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Brian Cohen’s photographs concentrate on buildings—community centers, clubs, stores—that are living historic markers of where people who migrated here would (and still) gather.

“Each building represents in part a community’s effort to assert its adopted American identity while retaining its particular sense of self, be it racial, religious, ethnic, or otherwise,” Cohen writes.

Other works in this series follow families, like the photographs by Scott Goldsmith, which capture a range of first moments coming to and living in America.

Lynn Johnson’s work puts the focus on capturing a single moment when immigrants become citizens.

Annie O’Neill’s photographs take more of a Story Corps approach–bringing together old and new immigrants, who share their stories of coming to America with one another.

Nate Guidry takes more of a photo-essay approach in his work, focusing on the day-in-the-life of a single father and his two daughters.

We all come from somewhere.

Support provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.