Museum of Jewish Heritage Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles

Known for more than a century as the author of the famous poem that begins Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . ., the poet Emma Lazarus gave voice to generations of newcomers to America, but her wider accomplishments are little-remembered today.The Museum of Jewish Heritage hosted this major new exhibition designed by C&G Partners in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. The exhibit uses a translucent typographic scrim, layered with excerpts of poetry and patterns inspired by the time period, to create a theater, a salon, artifact displays and media experiences that take visitors on a journey through the cultural life of New York City in the poet's lifetime. The project teaches how Emma Lazarus’ journey inspired her to craft an enduring message on exile, refuge, and the promise of America.