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Your Land, My Land: Immigrant Artists in the United States

In the arts, as in other areas of life, people who immigrate to the United States are often inspired by their new home. The Museum of Art’s Cardamone Gallery is currently a showcase with a series of exhibitions for works from the permanent collection that reflect the rich tradition of artists who moved here as children or adults, developed their talent, and shared it for the appreciation of all. The series is titled Your Land, My Land: Immigrant Artists in the United States.

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Henry DiSpirito (American, born Italy, 1898-1995)
Owl, before 1980
oak, 11 3/8 x 13 1/4 x 7 in.
Gift of Helen Cohn, 96.25.15

This winter, Your Land, My Land features works of art by Henry DiSpirito (1898, Castleforte, Italy-1995, Utica, N.Y.). DiSpirito immigrated to the United States at age 21 and worked as a stone mason until he retired in 1964. In 1940 he enrolled in an MWPAI sculpture class taught by Richard Davis; DiSpirito carved stone, and later wood, into sensitive forms of fauna and allegorical figures for the rest of his life.  DiSpirito was also a painter, especially in his younger years, and the Museum is proud to exhibit for the first time two of the artist’s oils, recent acquisitions generously donated by DiSpirito’s three daughters.

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Henry DiSpirito (American, born Italy, 1898-1995)
Trees, c. 1933
oil on board, 5 7/8 x 7 3/4 in.
Gift of the Daughters of Henry DiSpirito, 2017.6.2

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New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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