Ethnic Images from the Appel Collection
here to see our on-line exhibition.
"Interesting display depicting both realities and conceived
realities of the attitudes faced by immigrants—provoking."
"Very telling of the social un-consciousness of the time.
Very revealing, unsettling and truthful." —Visitor comments,
Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
This exhibition explores the role of caricature and stereotype
in forming American values and attitudes about the multicultural
development of the United States. It utilizes a collection
of immigrant and ethnic caricatures from popular graphics
dating primarily from the Civil War to World War I, a period
of massive migration to the United States. To modern Americans,
the contents are sometimes humorous, sometimes very disturbing.
Nevertheless, the collection offers great insight into American
cultural attitudes and is a remarkable resource for the study
of American cultural history. The items used in this exhibition
consist of a variety of print media such as cartoons, postcards,
trade cards, and prints and lithographs, all of which come
from over 4,000 pieces donated to the MSU Museum by Dr. John
and Selma Appel. Materials from their collection have been
loaned to numerous exhibitions on ethnic images and immigration
throughout the United States and the Appels have written many
publications on the subject.
This exhibition has been displayed at the following sites:
The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Philadelphia, PA;
Dreams of Freedom Museum, Boston, MA; Immigration Law Foundation,
Washington, DC; Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo, MI; Michigan
State University Museum, East Lansing, MI; South Dakota State
Historical Society, Pierre, SD; Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Glen Cove, NY; Beaumier Upper Penninsula Heritage Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI; Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI; and Stauth Memorial Museum, Montezuma, KS.
fee (8-week period) :
||Number of pieces:
||37 framed works
||Running feet required:
|| 50-75 running feet
||Lockable, limited access display area; trained guards or comparable protection system; provisions to prevent public from touching objects; object handling by museum professionals; temperature and light controls; fire protection according to local ordinances
||Additional materials available:
Pat-Riots to Patriots: American
Irish in Caricature and Comic Art and other merchandise
is available from the Michigan
Traditional Arts Program Store.
This exhibition was funded by John and Selma Appel and
the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
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