The Crossing the BLVD traveling exhibition includes 90 large portraits of new immigrants and refugees, over 26 landscapes, 14 sound stations, stories and a mobile interactive story booth. A project of EarSay, the exhibition has traveled to 13 locations since 2004 including museums and galleries in Ohio, Utah, Maryland, New York, Maine, and Tennessee. At a time when immigration issues and policy are being hotly debated throughout the nation, the exhibition shares the stories, sounds, and images that reveal the human toll of a cold and post-cold war, and pre- and post-9/11 world. Created by documentary artists Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan, Crossing the BLVD forms a portrait of a paradoxical and ever-shifting America. It intimately portrays the lives of new immigrants and refugees living in Queens, New York, a modern-day Ellis Island where cultures overlap in a choreography of chaotic co-existence. For three years Lehrer/Sloan traveled the world by trekking the streets of their home borough in search of migration stories and a deeper connection to their diverse community. The exhibition of photographs, sounds, and stories uses the tools of contemporary art to create a multimedia experience reflecting the changing face of America.

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