With Liberty and Justice for Some 

click to enlarge Mami by Mel Prest - PHOTO COURTESY OF BERKELEY ART CENTER
  • Photo courtesy of Berkeley Art Center
  • Mami by Mel Prest

After Donald Trump won the election, Bay Area artist Monica Lundy felt helpless. What the hell was happening to this country? In response, she and gallerist Walter Maciel asked artists across the country to make portraits of people who came to the United States as immigrants. The resulting collection includes a variety of media, including oil paint on canvas, mixed media, photography, and drawings, and the faces depicted show a range of races and backgrounds. Some are family members and friends, others famous historical figures. What's perhaps most striking about With Liberty and Justice for Some is that all of the pieces were created months before Trump's Muslim ban, and months later, celebrating the country's diversity remains as important as ever. The exhibit launched in Los Angeles before migrating to San Francisco, and its display at Berkeley Art Center marks its first East Bay appearance.

Opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 23, 6-8 p.m., runs through Oct. 8, Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley. BerkeleyArtCenter.org



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