Art: Rummaging in the Warehouse

Shows like "The Golden Door," which runs until Oct. 20 at Washington's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, are commonplace now in the better-financed institutes of art. The visitor enters to find not paintings but blowups of old newspaper articles, photos and paragraphs of background material. This well-intentioned but overproduced exhibition attempts to present the vision of men and women who came to the U.S. as immigrants in the past 100 years. There are over 200 works by 67 artists−no more than a handful by any one person−strung out between way stations of information...

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