"Zhi Lin’s 'In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroad' employs artistic innovation to tell a story."
By Gary Faigin
Special to The Seattle Times
America has spent years trying to calibrate immigration policy, with recent tides pushing toward exclusion rather than inclusion. A much earlier instance of U.S. society rejecting immigrants it previously welcomed is the subject of an ambitious and inventive new exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum, “In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroad,” by China-born Seattle painter and University of Washington art professor Zhi Lin.
Lin’s project belongs to a venerable tradition of art about injustice, one that traces its roots back at least as far as Goya’s harrowing accounts of the Napoleonic occupation of Spain. Lin’s work is remarkable not only for the sheer scale of his efforts, but also for his unusual array of stylistic and aesthetic strategies.
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