Sculptor Robert Laurent’s Carved Chest: An Immigrant Story – MetCollects…

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Date: January 30, 2020

01) Sculptor Robert Laurent’s Carved Chest: An Immigrant Story – MetCollects

“In this video, listen to sculptor Robert Laurent (1890–1970) tell his story of emigrating from Brittany, France to New York City in the early twentieth century. His home movies, featured in this video, show the artist at work in his studio and at the school he co-founded in Ogunquit, Maine. Curator Elizabeth Kornhauser discusses the relationship between Laurent’s carved chest from 1911 and the traditions of American Folk Art.

MetCollects introduces highlights of works of art recently acquired by the Met through gifts and purchases.”

A boy of eleven came to America, and made such a vast, sweeping decision about his own life?…

…Such freedom was actually possible for an eleven year old boy, back then.

How did this place become such a soul destroying prison, for eleven year old boys?…and boys eighteen and younger?…Hell…for humans of all ages?…

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