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Napa Valley Museum Opens Three Fall Exhibitions; Don Coen "The Migrant Series", Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, Braceros: The Napa Valley Story

September 30, 2017
11:00 am
Napa Valley Museum

“The Napa Valley Museum’s presentation of these three exhibitions is happening in exactly the right place at precisely the right time,” notes Museum Executive Director Laura Rafaty. “We are so proud to be presenting the West Coast premiere of Don Coen’s grand paintings, which shine a spotlight on today’s migrant farm workers against the backdrop of modern immigration policies. There could be no better place to host the final stop of the Smithsonian’s touring Braceros exhibit than here in the Napa Valley, where so much of the Braceros story was written, where the lessons of past contract worker programs are so relevant, and where the Braceros legacy is so positive, enduring and profound.” DON COEN “THE MIGRANT SERIES” In our Main Gallery, “The Migrant Series,” the West Coast Premiere of Colorado artist Don Coen's stunning large-scale portraits of migrant workers. Over two decades, Coen spent hundreds of hours in the fields of California, Colorado, Idaho, Texas and Florida alongside the workers, showcasing each subject's personality and work ethic in a style some call photo-realism, and which the artist calls "cinematic." The collected paintings comprise a towering tribute to these often-overlooked migrant workers, and invites viewers to “Meet the real people behind the food you eat.” Says Don Coen: “I am very excited to have my work being shown at the Napa Valley Museum.  Many of the images I took over the years were from up and down the coast of California.  Three of the fifteen paintings are subjects from California.  The migrants are an important part of the agriculture history of California and deserve to be seen in your state giving the people there an opportunity to see them up close and personal.”

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