Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum

Image: smithsonian.png Emilio Sánchez, Untitled, late 1980s

Our America presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the 1950s, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's pioneering collection of Latino art. It explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture. The exhibition presents artworks in all media by leading modern and contemporary artists.

Our America showcases 72 artists of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican descent, as well as other Latin American groups with deep roots in the United States. Among the featured artists are Cuban Americans María Brito, María Margarita Campos-Pons, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Teresita Fernández, Carmen Herrera, María Martínez-Cañas, Ana Mendieta, Arturo Rodríguez, Emilio Sánchez, and Rafael Soriano. The exhibition is organized by Dr. E. Carmen Ramos, Curator of Latino Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from 4 to 6pm

Green Critics' Lecture Series: E. Carmen Ramos: What is Latino about American Art?

E. Carmen Ramos joined the Smithsonian American Art Museum staff as curator of Latino art in October 2010. Dr. Ramos is responsible for acquiring artworks for the museum's permanent collection and producing a major exhibition and catalog based on the museum's Latino holdings. Her research interests include modern and contemporary Latino, Latin American, and African-American art.

Ramos earned a bachelor's degree in art history and psychology from New York University (1988), and a master's degree (1995) and a doctorate (2011) in art history from the University of Chicago. Her dissertation was titled A Painter of Cuban Life: Víctor Patricio de Landaluze and 19th-Century Cuban Politics.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from 6 to 8pm

Art After Hours

Join us for the opening reception of Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. The evening will include music, light refreshments, and guided tours.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, from 4 to 6pm

Panel Discussion

Miami-based artists María Brito, Arturo Rodríguez, and María Martinez-Cañas, from the Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, speak about the exhibition and their artworks.

Click here to see images and commentaries on all the artwork featured in the exhibition.