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Exhibit Takes on Border Fence

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Exhibit Takes on Border Fence

C Jane Run by Consuelo J. Underwood

A local museum’s taking a stance against a security fence along the Mexican border.

The new exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art is called A Declaration of Immigration. Museum founder Carlos Tortolero says the exhibit is in direct response to the border fence.

TORTOLERO: Years from now, when the wall goes down—I mean, that wall will go down—people are going to be asking people, what did you do when the wall was being built? And we want to say, we stood up to this craziness, this madness. I think it’s un-American.

The show reflects the experience of various ethnic groups in paintings, photos and multi-media pieces. One piece, called C Jane Run, is a quilt made of squares cut from shirts and pants, all held together with safety pins. Each square is printed with the caution signs found at the border showing a running man, woman and child.

Supporters of the fence say it’s necessary to tighten the border, and improve national security.

I’m Lynette Kalsnes, Chicago Public Radio.

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